This Celtics-Pacers trade is centered around Doug McDermott

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The Indiana Pacers have been busy since the NBA offseason. Now that the Victor Oladipo drama has ended, the focus can move elsewhere. Indiana needs to add some depth but they also have some trade pieces that could be moved. The Boston Celtics are in a similar position in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics have officially fallen under .500 at 16-17. They are sixth in a weak Eastern Conference and like the Pacers, it is because of their lack of depth. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are having strong offensive seasons but that is about it.

Neither player has been able to make the supporting cast better and Danny Ainge could look to shake things up a bit. We have seen bigger names linked to Boston but this deal could still be beneficial.

Indiana is currently ninth in the East at 15-18. After the top three, the conference has proven to be extremely mediocre. This will make for a good race down the stretch of the season. The Pacers are led by Malcolm Brogdon (21.3) and Domantas Sabonis (21.2), who are each averaging over 21 points per game.

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The Pacers received Caris LeVert from Houston, who they acquired from Brooklyn in the James Harden deal. LeVert has been out with a injury but should be back on the court soon. This will add another key player to the lineup but the Pacers need some more help if they want to compete.

This will not be a blockbuster deal that would turn heads but it has its benefits for both sides. Let’s look at a deal that the Celtics and Pacers could look into moving forward.