Report: Pacers to target Ricky Rubio, also talking to Pelicans about No. 4 pick
Indiana would have been a tough out come the East playoffs, that is until Victor Oladipo went down (ruptured right quadriceps tendon). They still believe with a healthy Oladipo this coming season they can move into the upper echelon of the East. But they need some roster upgrades.
Specifically at the point guard spot. D’Angelo Russell’s name has come up, but target, but Ricky Rubio seems to be their top target, reports Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
Rubio gets a bad rap from some fans because he’s not a great shooter. However, he’s developed into a good floor general who runs a team well, can defend his position, and still throws some stunning passes. He could help a lot of teams, the Pacers being one.
The Pacers also might try to move up in the draft.
You could remove the phrase “the Pacers” from that last sentence and put 27 team names in there and it would be accurate. The Pelicans have shopped that pick all over the league.
One way or another, expect the Pacers to be aggressive this summer. They are a team that believes they are one player away and they have both the cap space and trade assets to get something done. They want to open their championship window.