they would trade him this summer? Remember early in the year when Ron had his little meltdown? He didn't like the new offensive system and Bird and Carlisle had to talk to him. I don't remember, but he may have even been suspended by the team.
At the time there was a lot of speculation by fans that the Pacers told him to behave the rest of the year and they would trade him after the season. The thought was that they told him to be good or no one else would want him.
Maybe that's what happened. Maybe that's also why Ron didn't start melting down until the end. By that time, he knew the end was near, and he didn't care anymore.
So maybe the Pacers are going to make a mistake when (if) they trade Ron. But maybe this has been in the works for months.