Q. The Pacers traded their first-round pick for the 2007 NBA Draft to Atlanta in the Al Harrington deal, but do they still have their second-round pick? This year's draft is projected to be very deep so they could get a solid player in the second round. Also, do they still have their first found pick for 2008? (Daniel Beyer, Muncie, IN)
A. For the moment, the Pacers do not have a selection in the June draft, but these things have a way of changing as teams focus on prospects they believe can make a difference and maneuver to either move up or get into the draft.
Their first-round pick, as you point out, was shipped to Atlanta in the Harrington deal. As things stand now, that would be the 19th pick overall. The second-round pick went to Portland in the draft-night deal to acquire the No. 31 selection used on James White. Released by the Pacers in the final cut of the preseason largely because of the emergence of Rawle Marshall, White was picked up by San Antonio but has yet to appear in a game with the Spurs. His only playing time has come in the D-League.
The Pacers do hold their first-round pick in the 2008 draft. They also have two second-round picks – their own and Phoenix's, which was acquired in the James Jones trade in August 2005. As the remainder of its payment in the White trade, however, Portland holds the rights to the worst of those two picks.