Indiana Pacers: 3 Most Tradeable Players with Oshae Brissett’s rise

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T.J. Warren, Indiana Pacers
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TJ Warren, SF

Last season’s leading scorer for the Indiana Pacers and All-Seeding Games First Team member TJ Warren was expected to lead the team in scoring for the second straight season. After a slow start to the season, the small forward only managed to play in four games before being held out indefinitely, then subsequently for the entire season with a left foot stress fracture.

At his best, Warren is an explosive shot creator who can easily get to his spots and is potent everywhere on the floor. Last season , he averaged 19.8 points per game on a staggering 53.6/40.3/81.9 efficiency. Those numbers jumped to a mind boggling 31 points per contest on monstrous 57.8/52.4/88.9 shooting splits in six bubble games to lead the Pacers to the fourth seed before ultimately bowing down to Miami.

While not ideal, the 27 year-old scorer is entering the last year of a 4-year contract he signed in Phoenix before arriving in the Circle City. With teams projected to try to pry him away from Indiana, the Pacers may be wise to seek for draft compensation or fitting role players with more controllable contracts in exchange if he is not keen on returning to avoid losing him for nothing.

Scoring, which is primarily Warren’s niche and specialty, is not a weakness of this Pacers team when healthy. With three players who can easily average more than 20 in Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon and Caris Levert, dealing him away may be more tolerable and justified, especially with Oshae Brissett and Justin Holiday bringing consistent 3-and-D play in the forward spots.

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