Pacers will take on bad contract for first-round pick

Just as great teams need opponents, those looking to make trades need dance partners. Sometimes, making a deal requires a third team becoming involved to make salaries, etc. work.

Such a team, according to a report by ESPN’S Adrian Wojnarowski, would be the Indiana Pacers, who would be willing to extend their salary-cap space in return for a first-round draft selection.

The Pacers (30-25) stand sixth in the Eastern Conference standings headed into Friday night’s game at Eastern Conference-leading Boston. However, the Pacers trail third-place Cleveland (31-22) by only two games.