Pacers bring in Rui Hachimura of the Wizards in this proposed trade

Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
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A trade to open up forward minutes in Washington and guard minutes in Indy

The Pacers have a similar dilemma as the Wizards, except instead of the issue being at the forward position, it is at the shooting guard position. The Pacers have a surplus of shooting guards that can play the 2-3 spot on the court in players such as Buddy Hield, Bennedict Mathurin, Chris Duarte, Andrew Nembhard, and Aaron Nesmith. As such, trading one of these assets away for a power forward we desperately need makes sense.

At first this may seem like a steep price to pay. Duarte had a great first season in the league. But Chris Duarte has struggled much this year and given that new shooting guards have entered the rotation, now might be the time to move on. Additionally, this is what the Pacers would be getting in Rui Hachimura:

22-23 stats: 13 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 49% FG, 35% FG3 in only 24 minutes per game

Hachimura has been relatively effective in only a shorter amount of time on the floor per game. If his minutes were to see a significant increase, it is likely that the rest of his stats would do the same.