The Indiana Pacers are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, looking to get over the hump, and they're looking at a couple of different ways to help them get there. Reports have linked Indy to both Chris Kaman and Jamal Crawford.
Indianapolis Star beat writer Mike Wells reports that Kaman, the New Orleans Hornets' center, is at the top of the Pacers' wish list. The sticking point is that the Pacers don't want to give up a first-round pick for Kaman, who turns 30 next month and is headed for free agency.
As for Crawford, ESPN's Chad Ford has mentioned the Pacers' interest in the explosive scoring wingman. Crawford is making $5 million with the Portland Trail Blazers this season and has a player option to make $5.2 million next year; the Pacers would have to build a sizable trade package to land the 31-year-old veteran. The Pacers are 23-14 heading into Saturday night's showdown with the Miami Heat. Their top seven players have been outstanding this season, but they could use a little extra depth to become real contenders in the East playoffs this spring.