The last handful of years have not been too kind to the Indiana Pacers, as they have struggled to exceed any expectations placed on them. For five consecutive seasons up until last season, the Pacers made the playoffs, but lost in the first-round each of those five times. Last year, they did not even make the playoffs, so a lot is on the line for Indiana during the 2021-22 NBA season.
With a starting core of Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert, T.J. Warren Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner, the Pacers should definitely be a formidable team in the Eastern Conference, but they just have not been able to stay healthy through the years. There is always someone who is out of the rotation for a long period of time, resulting in this team not being able to live up to their full potential.
Heading into the 2021-22 season, it appears that everyone may actually be healthy for once, which is why this upcoming year has a chance to be a big bounce-back year for the Pacers. Between their starting five and some key role players on their bench, Indiana has a chance to make some noise, but they are still looking to make a few roster moves.
One of these moves is to trade away Jeremy Lamb at some point during the 2021-22 season. Lamb joined the Pacers ahead of the 2019-20 season after spending four seasons in Charlotte, but the Pacers do not seem to have room for him anymore since Justin Holiday is coming off of a solid season and since they just drafted Chris Duarte with the 13th overall pick.
Finding a trade partner for Lamb and his $10.5M contract for next season could be tough at this point in the offseason, but his former team, the Charlotte Hornets, could actually be interested. They do have their roster sorted out and are currently sitting at 16 players on their active roster, one above the allowed limit, but Charlotte could have a use for a veteran shooter on the wing.
Again, Lamb’s contract is not favorable whatsoever, which is one of the main reasons why many teams will shy away from pursuing him, but by midseason, the Hornets could be looking to add some more shooting depth and Jeremy Lamb could be the answer for them.