Goes back to what I thought last summer - the Pacers won't trade JO until the season has truly been lost and his trade value is as low as it's ever been.
Good thing Bird and Walsh aren't in the stock market. Lately they seem to have mastered the "Buy high, sell low" principle.
I still think you might manage a .500 record this season but you're a team that has big salary cap problems and few tradable assets while being well below league average in talent. IMO this summer was the time to blow it up and start over by trading the one guy you might get some real value for.
Based on what's going on, you may not even get value for him now.
Someone mentioned injuries - the reason JO's getting hurt is his body can't handle a lot of pounding in the post - and the last 5 years he's been pounded on in the post. Unfortunately his game and what his body can handle don't match. That's why what's happening is the wear-and-tear you get from a 34-year-old, not one major injury that kills some part of your body.
Best thing for JO would be if he could take some kind of one-year sabbatical from the game and let his body really heal - he might coax another couple of good years out that way. But pro sports doesn't work that way.