The Indiana Pacers have made a major upgrade on their roster this summer with the goal of contending for the title next season. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Pacers will be trading Al Jefferson and future draft picks to acquire Brook Lopez from the Brooklyn Nets in mid-season.
The Indiana Pacers are one of the NBA teams who dreamt of becoming a title contender next season. They have managed to improve their team with the addition of Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young, and Al Jefferson. Paul George and the Pacers are predicted to match the powerhouse teams in the league.
There are speculations that the Pacers are planning to engage in a trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets in mid-season. The said deal will be involving Al Jefferson and Brook Lopez but there has been no official confirmation from both teams.
According to Elite Sports NY, the Nets should trade Brook Lopez to speed up their rebuilding process. The 28-year-old center has spent his entire NBA career in Brooklyn. The Nets tried to surround him with players like Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett but not enough to win a title.
The Nets plan to rebuild remains questionable since they lost most of their future draft picks when they acquired Pierce, Garnett, and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics. In a suggested trade scenario, the Pacers could acquire Brook Lopez for Al Jefferson and future draft picks.
Lopez may not be fitted in the modern NBA but he can be useful for coach Nate Millan. The new Pacers head coach is known for executing slow pace offense which could maximize the effectiveness of Brook Lopez.
“McMillan-coached teams love to play a slow type of offense, working each possession to get the best available shot. Even if that means that the shot comes with a few seconds left on the shot clock.” Hoops Habit reported.
NBA fans should note that these are just rumors that may or may not happen before the trade deadline. Should the Pacers and the Nets make the trade, it will surely benefit both teams in improving their roster.
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