Pacers will take on bad contract for first-round pick

Pacers big man Al Jefferson could be on the move before Thursday's trade deadline.

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.