Indiana Pacers: Bennedict Mathurin must overcome biggest weakness
There are a lot of terrible trade proposals out there. And the Indiana Pacers will feature in many of them as other teams salivate over the veterans on our team who can help them win championships. Mainly Myles Turner and Buddy Hield, who have been in trade rumors all season (and several seasons before this).
And usually these suggestions have some merit, but this one from Dallas FanNation might take the cake as the internet’s worst. It makes sense that sites in a given region would suggest trades that are slightly skewed towards the home team (we here at 8pts, 9sec have been known to do that from time to time). However, this store is truly terrible. Here’s a suggestion:
Tim Hardaway Jr.
This trade has ZERO for the Pacers
The reasons why Dallas would make this trade are immediately obvious. They would get an elite 3-point shooter and a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. In return, the Pacers would get… a shooting guard and a center looking for a contract over the next year. So the Pacers would be downgraded two spots.
And this could be fine if there was proper draft compensation, but there isn’t. No selections will be added to the proposed contract. So the Pacers would trade all of their veteran players for…slightly worse veteran players with no draft compensation.
So how can this deal end up being more even in the long run? Maybe if we adjust it to something like:
Tim Hardaway Jr.
2024 first round pick
2024 and 2025 second round picks
Dallas would be wise to make such a trade, Luka needs help and Myles/Buddy would likely be the kind of help he is looking for. Shooting that can give space on the floor and open the court for Luka to do his magic.
Unfortunately, a player like this, if the Pacers are going to send them, will cost draft capital. Maybe some of these picks have protections and some don’t, but the Pacers won’t let these players go for less than a draft return. The Pacers should also know that Wood plans to sign with the team moving forward. However, I’m not sure the Pacers will pull the trigger even on this bet. They could probably get two first-round picks in exchange for two players, and this trade might sell them short.