After a flurry of rumors dating back a little more than a month, there has not been much to speak of when it comes to the possibility of Indiana moving center Roy Hibbert in a trade. But, according to multiple front-office sources, the Pacers have quietly sought out possible new landing spots for their enigmatic big man.
"I would say they've been doing that, but quietly," one front-office source said.
"They're open to making major changes, if they're there," one general manager told Sporting News. "I think they'd be disappointed to see that same core group back intact, so it is a matter of, how drastic can the changes they make be? Moving Hibbert for multiple pieces would be a pretty drastic change, but they're asking."
Hibbert had a strong first half of the season, earning an All-Star appearance but went into a significant funk that fostered rumors of everything from personal issues to injury. The Pacers did manage to make it to the Eastern Conference finals, but were eliminated fairly easily by the Miami Heat.
Moving Hibbert's contract may sound perilous, but the reality is that shot blocking and rim protection is at a premium in this league and Hibbert still stands as arguably the league's best at that. Would you rather have Hibbert at $14.8 million or JaVale McGee at $11 million? Those are the kinds of options you're looking at.
We'll see if the Pacers pull the trigger on moving the focal point of their defense and an All-Star center, and if they really believe he's simply too broken after what happened last season.