The Pacers are another team who made zero moves, but they are a little more surprising. Likely destined for a middle seed come playoff time, they are not in much of a position to advance beyond the first or second round.
One spot of the court they need to improve is at center. Domantas Sabonis has been great while splitting his time between the four and five, but true center is a bit of a problem for the Pacers. Myles Turner has taken a surprising step backwards this year and what’s worse: he is under contract for three more seasons. It would have been nice for them to exchange him, but it is unlikely there were any takers.
The third team making no moves at the deadline is even more questionable. The Bulls have a small chance of making the playoffs with the current roster, and yet, they made no changes to shore up for the future. Except for Zach LaVine, who has continually improved and is having a standout year, the Bulls’ lineup is not built for lasting success.
Otto Porter, for whom the Bulls traded one year ago, was supposed to the guy to lead them, but injuries have limited him to just 24 games in a Bulls uniform. It was a disappointing trade deadline for a directionless team.