Ranking Indiana Pacers’ top 12 trade assets heading into the offseason

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7. Aaron Nesmith

Aaron Nesmith was a pleasant surprise for the Indiana Pacers this season. Nesmith, who was acquired from the Boston Celtics as part of the Malcolm Brogdon deal, had the best season of his career thus far by averaging 10 points and four rebounds on 43 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Of course, the difference between Nesmith and some of the other young wings that the Pacers have on their roster is his supposed limited ceiling. Even though Nesmith is a former lottery pick (from the 2020 NBA Draft), there aren’t many that believe he has the chance to blossom into a star. That said, he can still be a really good player for the Pacers or even for another team if he ends up being moved.

There’s an argument to be made that Nesmith resurrected his career with the Pacers (after a couple of underwhelming seasons with the Celtics). And now the Pacers have a couple of options. They could either keep him on the roster and try to re-sign him to a fair-value deal this offseason or next summer (when he hits restricted free agency), or they could look to take advantage of his “breakout” season and use his emerging trade value.