If the pacers turn this deal down because they want a PF in return, I'll be really mad
My man Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Cavaliers and Pacers have made "some progress" in talks about forward Troy Murphy.
Cleveland isn't the only team that has shown some interest in Murphy. Sacramento and Milwaukee are two of "several" teams that have called about Murphy.
A sticking point for the Pacers in dealing with talks involving Murphy is that they prefer a forward back in return because of how thin they are at that position.
The Cavaliers, according to Windhorst, have been "balking" at trade scenarios involving forward J.J. Hickson. The Pacers are very much interested in Hickson.
The Pacers could possibly soften their stance on wanting a forward back in a deal involving Murphy if rookie Tyler Hansbrough starts showing signs that he's getting close to being able to return to the lineup somewhere around the trade deadline.
One player the Pacers have been getting a lot of calls about is center Roy Hibbert.
The teams that have inquired about Hibbert have been getting the cold shoulder because the Pacers consider him one of their young core pieces.