Position: Point Guard
Experience: 10th Season
2012-13 Season Averages
13.32 PER, 11.5 PPG, 4.2 APG, 2.8 RPG, 1.1 SPG
Luke Ridnour is a pick-and-roll maestro with an excellent mid-range jump shot.
He's also an active defender who overcomes his size disadvantage via tenacity.
In other words, Ridnour fits right in with the Indiana Pacers. One might even go out on a limb and call him a major upgrade.
Had he not been playing alongside J.J. Barea, Ricky Rubio and Alexey Shved, Ridnour would be averaging more than 4.2 assists per game.
A number that would, already, place second on the Pacers.
Offensively, Ridnour would work perfectly with David West and Roy Hibbert. His ability to run the pick-and-roll would be a revelation for an offense that falls into Iso sets on a consistent basis.
His responsible play would also help a team that commits 14.9 turnovers per game.
Marc Stein of ESPN has been reporting since mid-December that Ridnour is available for trade talks. With Rubio, Barea and Shved in the rotation, it's not hard to see why Minnesota wants to move him.
In order for Indiana to swing a deal, they'd likely need to cough up some expiring contracts and a wing.
In terms of expiring deals, that could call for D.J. Augustin and Tyler Hansbrough. Depending on what Minnesota is willing to package, it could also lead to David West.
Keep in mind, Kevin Love is out for roughly two months with a fractured hand (via Fox Sports).
As long as Ridnour is included with a draft choice or reputable player, dealing West and Augustin is not as bad of a hit. Unfortunately, Minnesota doesn't have an interior scorer to deal.
A third team would need to be involved to include West in this one.
Either way, Minny is likely to accept an expiring contract if it means they can clear up their crowded backcourt. Augustin fits that billing.
Ridnour's $4.32 million in 2013-14 shouldn't be too tough to handle for Indy.
Considering he's a better facilitator than any on the roster, it'd be money well-spent.