Despite having more than $20 million available under the salary cap, the Indiana Pacers are not expected to be in the mix for New Orleans point guard Chris Paul, who will become a free agent at the end of the season.
That doesn't mean the Pacers haven taken themselves out of the running to acquire an All-Star point guard.
The Pacers have had talks with the Celtics about a trade that would bring Rajon Rondo to Indiana, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
The premise of the deal might be moot, however. The Celtics would only trade Rondo to acquire the pieces necessary to acquire Paul, according to the report, and Paul has reportedly already nixed a deal to Boston by saying he would not sign a long-term extension with the Celtics.
Paul is known to want to want to play for the Knicks, and teams are unlikely to give up much talent for Paul in a trade if he refuses to sign an extension.