The Indiana Pacers have been of the teams mentioned most frequently over the last few weeks in NBA trade rumors. They have a solid roster, but after missing the postseason, a facelift for the team was in order.
Nate Bjorkgren was the head coach for one season before he was fired, Rick Carlisle is back to take over for him, something fans are undoubtedly excited about. But, he will be inheriting a roster that at its core, is the same as the one that fell short of expectations last season.
Part of the issues could have stemmed from Bjorkgren himself, as he failed to connect with the locker room. Even if he was an issue, Indiana is stuck in that awkward space no NBA team wants to be in as too good to get the No. 1 overall pick but not good enough to compete for a championship.
So, a roster shakeup was expected this offseason. The two players that have popped up the most on the rumor mill are Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner.
Both are solid players that can help numerous teams out. Brogdon is a solid combo guard that has seen his offensive game go to the next level with Indiana. Turner is one of the best defensive players in the NBA with his elite rim protection.
Brogdon was offered to the Philadelphia 76es for Ben Simmons, along with the No. 13 overall pick, but that deal was turned down. Could the Portland Trail Blazers be a good landing spot for Brogdon?
Let’s take a look at how a trade between the two teams could look.