While Scot Pollard has languished on the bench much of this season, Western Conference teams have been calling the Pacers to see if they are interested in trading him.
The Pacers aren't looking to do so, and lately he's shown why he's considered a valuable asset.
Pollard, who has averaged just 1.5 points in 31 games this season, did not play in six of the eight games previous to the one at San Antonio on Jan. 10. But he's played 50 minutes over the four games since then, contributing 14 rebounds and solid defense.
Pollard played just five minutes against the Nets, but he got two rebounds, including a tip-in that tied the score in the third quarter.
"Pollard only played five minutes, but he played five very productive minutes," coach Rick Carlisle said.
Pollard also helped keep Tim Duncan in check in a 14-minute appearance in Friday's win over San Antonio. He had similar success against Duncan and other Western Conference centers while playing for Sacramento before he was traded to the Pacers last summer.
That's something the Pacers' front office keeps in the back of its collective mind, should the team reach the Finals.
Question: I see Scot Pollard is getting NO playing time these days. Are the Pacers likely to seek a trade for Scot? Does he have trade value? I would think Toronto (Lamond Murray or Alvin Williams) in the East or Memphis (Stromile Swift) and Dallas (Fortson or Bradley) out West might use a banger like Pollard ... and return a usable player for the Pacers. Scot, of course, was a fan favorite in Sacramento and all of us "King Zanies" hope Scot finds a place to play. (Frank from Sacramento, Calif.)
Answer: I doubt the Pacers would be opposed to including Pollard in a trade if something comes up they like. He has some value -- not for what he's done this season, but for how he played with the Kings. But that's why the Pacers would be reluctant to trade him. Rick Carlisle believes he might be a valuable player in the playoffs because of his size and experience.
It's certainly been surprising that he hasn't contributed more, but Jeff Foster has taken the minutes some people assumed Pollard would get and Jermaine O'Neal plays center as well. The No. 3 player at any position rarely gets to play
(I think the reason we are not talking trade is not his experience but that Donnie will not do a trade while we have a record like this)