Indiana Pacers: Examining one deal to land the Kings’ No. 4 pick for Malcolm Brogdon

Indiana Pacers, Malcolm Brogdon - Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Indiana Pacers, in the lead-up to the upcoming 2022 NBA Draft, are prime candidates to move up. While they are holding their highest pick yet in more than 30 years, the franchise will be greatly incentivized by moving the needle to obtain a better selection, in light of the relative top-heaviness of the current rookie pool.

One team above them in the order of selection which the Pacers could entice into a trade is the Sacramento Kings. Currently in the midst of the longest playoff drought in history, they have made no reservations pivoting to a win-now mode, as evidenced by their surprise jettisoning of Tyrese Haliburton to Indiana for Domantas Sabonis at the trade deadline.

As a result, rather predictably, the Kings were recently linked to Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon. The veteran playmaker, who spent the last three seasons in Indiana, is expected to be traded this offseason, in light of Haliburton’s ascent as the new lead guard in the Circle City.

How could the Indiana Pacers obtain the Sacramento Kings’ 4th pick?

In this trade, the Indiana Pacers send Malcolm Brogdon and the sixth pick in the 2022 NBA Draft to the Sacramento Kings for their fourth pick, big man Richaun Holmes, forward Richaun Holmes, and the right to swap with the Kings’ first-round pick in 2024.