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

Indiana Pacers, Malcolm Brogdon - Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
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Indiana Pacers target: Lonzo Ball
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Why the Indiana Pacers will make this deal

For the Pacers,  Lonzo Ball will give them someone who can certainly be a franchise cornerstone, especially with the uncertainty lording over the team in the present. He is yet to grasp his full potential, and the 23-year old may simply need a change of scenery to accelerate his career toward the NBA’s elite, which has been quite elusive for the former 2nd overall pick.

Ball offers so much more than what his 14.6/4.8/5.7 stat line suggests. He is a menacing backcourt stopper and his blistering improvement behind the arc is a complete 360 from the wretched shooting issues early on in his career. The young guard is shooting almost 38 percent on triples this season with great volume at more than eight attempts per game.

Zo is clearly one of the best passers in the league, and having him may help unlock some uncharted facets in Indiana’s attack. He can play 1 through 3, guard all perimeter positions and is quite disruptive on defense, a common theme in the Pacers’ aggressive defense.

A backcourt one-two punch of Ball and LeVert will be electric. Combine that with TJ Warren’s efficient three-level scoring and Domantas Sabonis’ near-Jokic offensive profile, the Indiana Pacers should be excited at this prospect and thus, test the waters on acquiring the young star.