Indiana Pacers: 4 free agents to monitor early in the season

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Indiana Pacers, Lonnie Walker IV
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Lonnie Walker IV will give the Indiana Pacers some much-needed athleticism and scoring upside

Another free agent whom the Indiana Pacers will likely part with, if not eventually trade in the middle of the season, is veteran Jeremy Lamb. With the team clearly favoring younger players who can play on both ends of the floor, Lam’s role has been steadily decreasing as of late.

To replace him, the Pacers could monitor the situation of restricted free agent to-be Lonnie Walker IV. Currently with the San Antonio Spurs, his growth has been slower than anticipated, but he still flashes some considerable upside to warrant a belief that he can take things up a notch.

If the Spurs decide to trim the fat on their collection of young guards and wing players, the Pacers should pursue Walker. His scoring is still not consistent, but he is a pure three-level scorer who has greatly improved his feel for the game on both the open floor and in the half court. With Indiana lacking a threat who can punish defenses with sheer athleticism, Walker will fit in well.

Also, his defense and secondary playmaking have improved under Gregg Popovich’s tutelage, making him a more well-rounded player. He simply has to be a lot more consistent, but Rick Carlisle could be able to help him fully realize his potential.