This Indiana Pacers surprise move is already looking genius

Rick Carlisle, Indiana Pacers (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
Rick Carlisle, Indiana Pacers (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

The Indiana Pacers have been surrounded by trade and free agent rumors all offseason and throughout the season as well. At the trade deadline the Indiana Pacers surprised many people by not trading away one of their veteran players, but instead, opting to bring another young talent and signing their veteran players to longer contracts.

Well, that move is already starting to look genius as the players that were brought in are already paying big dividends for the Pacers. First, let’s review the trade:

  • Pacers acquired: Jordan Nwora, George Hill, Serge Ibaka (waived), and three second round picks.
  • Pacers waived: Terry Taylor, James Johnson (resigned), and Goga Bitadze.

So why has the trade already started to pay off and make the front off look genius?

Jordan Nwora is showing everybody that he was a diamond in the rough in Milwaukee.

In Milwaukee, Nwora had to play behind multiple starting forwards including Giannis, meaning he never got the true floor time to show people what he was capable of. So far in Indianapolis, Nwora has the following stat line:

8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists on 42% shooting

And in the most recent game against Orlando? Nwora showed that he is capable of putting up bigger numbers dropping:

18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists on 67% shooting

And while Nwora has struggled from behind the arc in a Pacers uniform, he is certainly showing that he is capable of putting up numbers when given the opportunity (consider that he is still only averaging 17 minutes a game here in Indy).

Rick Carlisle seems to think that the sky is the limit for young Jordan Nwora:

And we know that Nwora is capable of putting together highlight plays. Does anybody remember the amazing ankle breaker he had that went viral in Milwaukee?

Only time will tell how good of a pickup this was, but considering we basically got paid to take Nwora, we think it was definitely worth it so far.