Tari Eason, Houston Rockets
Of all the players on this list, it’d be easy to categorize Tari Eason as somewhat of an ideal (and pipe dream) trade candidate for the Indiana Pacers this offseason. Eason is not a household name in the NBA yet, but if he continues to develop at the pace that many (especially those in Houston) believe he can, he will be soon.
Eason is coming off a season in which he averaged nine points and six rebounds on 34 percent shooting from 3-point range, but his versatility on the floor and the intangibles he showed are not something that can be quantified by statistics. He’s a winning player that doesn’t get credit for how impactful he is when he’s on the floor.
And that’s the type of power forward the Pacers should be looking for above all, a player that can fit in, do all the right things, and tangibly impact the game in a positive manner. And at just 22 years old, he’s just getting started.
The reason why he should be on the Pacers’ radar is that there’s a chance the Rockets decide to move him as they make the pivot to win-now mode. If there’s a chance the Pacers could swoop in to take Eason, who is currently sitting in a backup role on the depth chart (which could only be further complicated by adding more veteran players in free agency), they should absolutely explore it.