Pacers remain open to moving Collison, Joseph ahead of deadline

Pacers point guard Darren Collison is said to be available in trades, as is backup Cory Joseph.

The Indiana Pacers continue to explore trades involving their veteran point guards, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

“The Pacers are still open to moving one of their two point guards, Darren Collison ($10 million) or Cory Joseph ($7.9 million), which would free even more playing time for rookie Aaron Holiday, who has seen a bump in minutes after Victor Oladipo’s knee injury,” O’Connor reported.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that the Pacers were open to trades involving Collison and Joseph in early December.

The aspect  of those reports, of course, is both players are in contract years. That makes them appealing to both the Pacers and opposing teams when it comes to trade talks.

Collison, 31, is averaging 10.2 points and 5.8 assists on the season. Joseph, 27, is averaging 7.1 points and 3.9 assists. Several teams in contention are said to be expressing a particularly strong interest in Joseph.

“There’s no shortage of teams in need of point guard help around the league, though it’s not clear if a trade with a rebuilding club would make the most sense,” Luke Adams of HoopsRumors wrote.

The trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. EST.