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

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6. Future first-round picks

Heading into the summer, the Indiana Pacers are in a great spot when it comes to draft compensation. They have three first-round picks in this year’s NBA Draft (their own, Cleveland’s, and Boston’s), and all their own first-round picks through the 2029 season.

Even though the value of first-round draft picks has gotten somewhat watered down with the way they were thrown around last offseason (particularly with the Rudy Gobert trade), the mystery of a future first-round pick still carries much value on the trade market. Especially when it’s coming from a rebuilding team such as the Pacers.

If the Pacers were looking to improve their roster, there’s no question that their future picks would hold great value. Even though the Pacers have shown signs of emerging as a dangerous team in the Eastern Conference, there’s no guarantee that they’re going to make a big jump in the standings next season.

Until the Pacers prove that they can be a perennial playoff team in the East, the mystery of their future first-round picks is going to be intriguing for any team looking to load up on future assets.