Could this Pacers-Warriors trade intrigue both teams in the offseason?

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Why the Indiana Pacers should absolutely stay away from a Jonathan Kuminga trade with the Warriors

All things held constant, Jonathan Kuminga is a perfect fit for the Indiana Pacers — a freak athlete with the physical tools to be a menace defensively and be flexible enough on offense to give the team that ideal power forward to pair with Tyrese Haliburton as a potential running mate in both the open floor and in the half court?

For that price though? Yikes.

Kuminga’s ceiling remains far from realized, but shipping Jackson and Duarte in addition to not one, but two  first-rounders is a terrible thought — the scale of reason for which ranges from “just winging it” to sheer franchise mismanagement. Put shortly, a deal for the young forward at that price point is an unreasonable overpay.

If the Pacers want to overpay anyway, then there are much more appealing targets to choose from during the summer. Mortgaging two talents (even if rusty this season) and significant draft capital for an unestablished player will be completely counterintuitive to the team’s rather patient approach in team-building.

Fortunately, this trade is sure to be far away from the realm of reality. That being said, if the opportunity presents itself, the Indiana Pacers should definitely see if the Golden State Warriors would be amenable to trading Jonathan Kuminga — albeit for much less.

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