There are some players that you want to avoid at all costs. At all costs. Dillon Brooks is that player and the Pacers should steer clear after the tumultuous year he just finished up having in Memphis. Brooks was certainly embroiled in controversy nearly all year, leading to the Grizzlies saying that they wouldn’t be resigning him after the season.
Immediately twitter feeds started filling up with betting odds of where he might sign with after the season and who might be interested in the vocal former member of the Memphis Grizzlies. Of course, the Pacers seemed to come up in a lot of conversations.
Let’s just unequivocally say this once and for all: Dillon Brooks is absolutely not the player that the Pacers need, and to be frank, he probably isn’t a player that any NBA really needs to have. Sure he’s talented enough to play, but do you want to have all of the drama that comes along with him?
It’s one thing to be tough and resilient, to avoid backing down at all costs (see James Johnson). But Brooks? The Pacers need legitimate teammates to build a culture, not clowns concerned with their own brand and self-image. Real grit doesn’t disappear in the playoffs while running their mouths. Brooks on the other hand, has proven to be more of a clown-show than anything else.
The Pacers need toughness, but they need actual toughness.
The betting odds listed the Pacers as one of the top ten places that Brooks could end up. We need to trust Kevin Pritchard to not make such a terrible decision for the team.
There is a reason that Memphis is letting him walk. And if you can piece together what we do know about why they are letting him go, imagine the things behind the scenes that are causing them to let him walk. The Pacers should pause and take a 180 after looking any amount of time at Brooks.