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The Indiana Pacers are moving toward a rebuild. They are receptive to trade talks centered on Caris LeVert and either Domantas Sabonis or Myles Turner, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania and Bob Kravitz.

Myles Turner

Myles  Turner
Myles  Turner
MIN: 28.98
PTS: 12.56 (56.32%)
REB: 7.48
As: 1
ST: 0.56
BL: 2.84
TO: 1.36
GM: 25

All three players have frequently gathered significant interest from rival teams. Pacers officials have received frequent calls on both of their big men over the past several seasons, but new head coach Rick Carlisle wanted an opportunity to spend time with Sabonis and Turner and grow with the roster, via the report.

Another Indiana star, Malcolm Brogdon, was penned to a two-year extension prior to the start of the season, placing him under contract through 2025 and thus making him ineligible to be traded during this campaign, per The Athletic.

The Pacers haven't advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs since 2013-14. They're also on their third coach in three years — Nate McMillan, Nate Bjorkgren, and now Carlisle.

There are three ways to acquire players — through the draft, through trades, and through free agency. For Indiana, though, there are really only two ways: the draft and trades, with an emphasis on trades. Indiana has never been a free-agent destination. Sources tell The Athletic the Pacers will be very active from now until the trade deadline.

Two-time NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis is averaging 17.8 points, 12 rebounds, and 4.1 assists over 26 games.

His co-partner Turner is posting 12.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2.8 blocks in 25 contests while Caris LeVert is registering 14.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per 18 duels.

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Domantas Sabonis

Domantas  Sabonis
Team: Indiana Pacers
Position: PF, C
Age: 25
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 109 kg
Birth place: Portland, United States of America