Indiana Pacers: Constructing a deal to acquire a star point guard for Malcolm Brogdon

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How the Indiana Pacers can acquire their next great playmaker

In this proposed deal, the Indiana Pacers will send Malcolm Brogdon to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Lonzo Ball and a 2022 Second-Round pick. The catch here is that the Pels need to match upcoming offers for the soon-to-be restricted free agent before vaulting him to the Circle City via sign-and-trade, which they seem inclined to do barring a ginormous offer sheet that blows their willing pockets away. However, his new deal must at least not go too far away from Brogdon’s near-21 million salary to avoid financial complications.

Sure, Indianapolis is a small market, and teams with robust cap space like New York may be more alluring options for the restricted free agent, but the Knickerbockers will be gunning for more lucrative stars in subsequent summers and may be less compelled on waiting for him to burgeon as one given their impressive season thus far.

And no, his dad will not be a part of the package.