The Indiana Pacers have begun making big moves this season, with changes to the core of their roster expected for the longest time and finally going through in recent days. Domantas Sabonis was sent to the Sacramento Kings along with 2 other players in a deal that netted Indiana an exciting young prospect in Tyrese Haliburton, with Caris LeVert also being moved on.
However, while the arrival of Haliburton is excellent news for Pacers fans, it could reportedly mean the end for another Pacers guard in Malcolm Brogdon. The 29-year-old is a very good player at the NBA level, having averaged over 21 points per game last season but doesn't quite fit the timeline alongside their newest acquisition. And according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Pacers will look to trade Brogdon in the offseason.
“Rival executives around the league believe the Indiana Pacers will trade Malcolm Brogdon this offseason following the departures of Caris LeVert and Domantas Sabonis, along with the acquisition of Tyrese Haliburton,” Scotto wrote.
“Brogdon, 29, signed a multi-year extension in October of 2021 that made him ineligible to be traded until the offseason. Now, Brogdon is owed $67.6 million over the next three seasons.
“Haliburton is considered a young star in the making and the point guard of the future while under a rookie-scale contract for the next two seasons. Indiana can trade Brogdon for future draft pick compensation or improve at other positions.”
The Pacers appear to be entering a rebuild, with Myles Turner also reportedly finding himself on the chopping block as they aim to acquire some draft capital and other assets. Brogdon himself has seen his output decrease this season after some issues with his Achilles tendon. He has played in just 28 games, making his last appearance on January 19th. The market for Brogdon should be quite good, the 29-year-old can play excellent defense while also bringing scoring and playmaking to any team he is a part of.