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Larry Bird sends NBA playoff rivals trade warning

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Indiana Pacers chief Larry Bird has revealed that management have already identified a string of potential trade targets, in an effort to strengthen a side primed to challenge for the NBA championship this season.

The Pacers have built on a breakthrough season last term in an impressive start to the campaign, currently leading the Eastern Conference with a 20-4 record which has defending champions Miami Heat looking up in envy at the top seeds.

Bird has admitted that a brilliant start to the season from Indiana has taken even him by surprise, before insisting that he will have no hesitation in securing quality targets with the trade window open and the rumour mill in full swing.

In a Q+A with the NBA's official website Bird was asked if the Pacers roster was set in stone, responding: "It's never set. If you can do something that makes them better, you do it.

"Yesterday we went over every team and picked out some targets. We don't know what teams are going to do with a lot of their players. I'm not into making big trades, especially with our core group, but if we can pick up a player who can help us, we will do that."

Danny Granger's health continues to be a long-term consideration for Indiana, with worries over his health likely to mean Bird's search extends to a trustworthy wing option off the bench.

Lance Stephenson's contract situation also needs resolving, although Pacers management will probably make a decision on his future at the end of the season.

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