Woj: Pacers determined not to include rookie Jarace Walker in any trade

The Indiana Pacers reportedly have very little desire to trade rookie Jarace Walker in any potential package ahead of the deadline on Feb. 8, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Threads.

The Pacers are expected to be active in trade conversations as the front office attempts to strengthen the roster to make a playoff push. They are viewed by some executives as the front-runners to land Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, according to The Athletic.

Though Siakam hasn’t asked to be traded, the two-time All-Star is the hottest name on the market. He is expected to ask for a maximum salary contract this summer, and there have been rumors that the Raptors may not offer it to him, leading to some trade speculation.

The Pacers have several young players they could make available in trade conversations for Siakam or another established star. However, according to Wojnarowski, Walker isn’t expected to be among them, via Evan Sidery on X.

Never say never, but…I think the Pacers are very, very determined to NOT include Jarace Walker in any trade. Indiana is very high on him, as are other teams, of course.

Walker, the eighth pick last year, has spent the majority of the season in the G League with the Indiana Mad Ants. He has mostly played in mop-up duty with the Pacers after making 12 appearances, averaging 3.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

The 20-year-old is averaging 25.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals on 45.2% shooting from 3-point range in 10 games with the Mad Ants. He is one of 17 players in the G League this season with at least three 30-point games.

The Pacers view Walker as a key piece of their future and may hesitate to include him in any trade package. Of course, that stance could change as the trade deadline approaches next month.

Story originally appeared on Rookie Wire