Indiana Pacers: Ranking the best teams to trade with in the offseason

Indiana Pacers, Malcolm Brogdon - Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings
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Ideal trade partner for the Indiana Pacers: Sacramento Kings

Death, taxes, and the Sacramento Kings missing the playoffs — In what feels like forever, the Kings once again find themselves in the lottery. You’d think that a franchise that is usually in relatively high draft position is ripe for in-house improvement and a postseason berth, but Sacramento simply does not have enough to compete in the deep West.

While the team plays great offense and De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton are solid young pieces to build around, the Kings have been chronically bad on defense, and this season is no exception, with Sacramento tallying the worst defensive rating in history.

Beyond their two definite cornerstones, they have a solid bunch of players who can help the Indiana Pacers. And if the Blue and Gold attempts to pump more offense and roster flexibility, then Sacramento can be an ideal trade partner, especially if Myles Turner is on the front burner of trade talks to rescue the Kings’ similarly nonexistent defense in the paint, where they also rank dead-last in the association.

Possible pieces on the move: Harrison Barnes, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley