This Blazers-Pacers Trade Is Focused Around Damian Lillard

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How This Trade Impacts Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers came into the offseason looking to shake things up. In this deal, they do exactly that and move that much closer to becoming contenders in the Eastern Conference.

The presence of a star such as Damian Lillard will raise the level of everyone else on the team. He is one of the best players in the league and will have a supporting cast better in Indiana, despite all the pieces that were traded, than he has ever had with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lillard will take over the starting point guard role from Malcolm Brogdon, which is a sizable upgrade. He becomes the focal point of the offense, but other pieces can help carry the load.

Caris LeVert is a very good secondary playmaker and ball-handler next to him in the backcourt. T.J. Warren, when healthy, has shown he can provide a lot of offense. Myles Turner is among the best defenders in the NBA with his elite rim protection.

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There is good depth on this team as T.J. McConnell, Jeremy Lamb, Torrey Craig, Oshae Brissett and Justin Holiday are all solid options for the second unit. Goga Bitadze and Isaiah Jackson are first-round picks from recent years that can help in the frontcourt as well.

The price is steep, but superstars rarely become available. If you want to land one, you have to pay the price. This package would certainly be competitive compared to other ones around the league. Does Portland like this trade as much as Indiana? Let’s take a look.

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