3. Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers were seemingly in the market for a point guard upgrade this offseason. They were the first team to offer a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons and were reportedly in the running right up until the regular season began.
The Pacerswould seemingly be out of the running now, as they signed Malcolm Brogdon to an extension. Since his deal runs for four seasons, he cannot be traded this season. But, that shouldn’t deter the Pacers from looking to add another impact point guard in Kyrie Irving.
The Pacers haven’t looked great thus far this season. They are 1-4 with some excruciating losses already occurring. A shake-up should have occurred during the offseason, but it didn’t. They shouldn’t waste any more time and look to do it during the season.
Without the mandates New York has, Irving would be eligible to play right away with the Pacers. He would provide them some of the star power they have been desperate to find, giving the team a bonafide go-to scoring option.
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Irving could play in the backcourt alongside Brogdon with the Pacers, moving him to more of an off-ball role as he played with the Milwaukee Bucks earlier in his career.