The Indiana Pacers have never won an NBA title and that is not going to change this season.
The team is off to a 10-16 start and look poised to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Even if they make it in as a low seed, there seems to be a lack of faith in this roster competing for a title.
NBA insider Shams Charania has dropped a report saying the Pacers are planning to make some big changes with the goal of a rebuild in mind.
BREAKING: The Pacers are listening to trade offers for Caris LeVert, Domantas Sabonis, and Myles Turner, via The Athletic.
Heading towards a rebuild. 🤯
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) December 7, 2021
This may ultimately be the best path forward for the franchise.
Not Much Success Since A Star Left
Trading Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the summer of 2017 ended any hopes of contending.
They did get Victor Oladipo and Sabonis in return, but there was no replacing the homegrown superstar in George.
The Pacers still did get to the playoffs in the next three seasons without George.
But they lost in the first round all three times and were swept in both 2019 and 2020.
The last thing any NBA team wants is to be stuck in the middle.
That means getting into the playoffs, but never having a chance to win.
— Pacers Insiders (@PacersInsiders) December 8, 2021
Average is a good word to describe such a state.
Sabonis, Turner, and LeVert are all solid players, but the Pacers are still lacking a star and in today’s NBA that is a huge key to success.
They had one in George, but couldn’t make it work in the end.
Rebuilds can be brutal for an organization and fans alike.
But this may be the right path forward to avoid a situation where the Pacers have a high payroll without a star on the books.