Washington Wizards Receive: C Myles Turner, G Edmond Sumner
Indiana Pacers Receive: C Thomas Bryant, F Rui Hachimura, G Ish Smith, WAS 2021 1st Round Pick, CHI/DET/LAL 2022 2nd Round Pick (Most Favorable), WAS 2024 1st Round Pick (Top-10 Protected)
This would be a huge statement trade if the Washington Wizards were able to execute it, but the question is whether or not it is enough for the Pacers to let go of one of the best defensive players in the entire NBA. Thomas Bryant is out for the year with an ACL injury and while Hachimura and Smith can contribute immediately, it may not be enough for the Pacers to feel confident in.
Rui Hachimura is in his second season in the league and is starting to become a very reliable frontcourt option. The 23-year old forward is averaging 13.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and is shooting 45.4% from the floor this season. Hachimura has been getting better and better as a rebounder and could be a very solid player next to Domantas Sabonis in the frontcourt.
Ish Smith is a veteran guard who is in his 11th season in the league and has been a very reliable bench player over the years. Since the 2017, Smith has averaged 10.4 points, 4.4 assists and has shot 34.8% from three-point range.
Point guard play for the Pacers has been very inconsistent this year, which is why getting Ish Smith could be a big deal for them. He is not a flashy name nor will he be a top player for them, but he is more than capable of holding things down and you know what you are getting with him, which is something that cannot be said about a lot of the players on Indiana’s roster.
Throughout his young career, Myles Turner is a guy that is oftentimes overlooked for no reason. He is such a great defensive player and has proven himself to be one of the top shot-blockers in the entire league.
Myles Turner has been a great defensive player in the NBA, leading the league in blocks per game during the 2018-19 season, but has not been utilized on offense as of late. His scoring numbers were down last year and his offensive efficiency has been declining. Not only can Turner be utilized in the low-post, but is a terrific three-point shooter as a center, as he has averaged 35.7% from deep over the course of his career.
With Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal already dominating for the Wizards, getting that third, reliable option could be huge for them and finally bring them the success they have been searching for. So why would either team want to make this trade with one another?