The Indiana Pacers have been one of the most fun teams in the league this season. But in a league where winning trumps all, they still have some room for improvement.
Tyrese Haliburton has them cooking on the offensive end, but defensively, they need to figure things out, as they have one of the worst defenses in the NBA through the early stages of the year.
And if they want to get to the postseason and maybe even make some noise when they get there, they could look to make some deals at the deadline.
With December 15 marking the unofficial start to trade season, as most players who were signed this past offseason become trade eligible, here are five players the Pacers should look to target.
1. Troy Brown Jr.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the best teams in the league, so they may prefer to stand pat at the trade deadline this year, but if they get active, the Pacers should make a call.
Brown Jr. isn’t playing a ton of minutes this year, but his effectiveness as a 3-and-D guy was evident all throughout last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
At 6-foot-6, he has the size to play the wing and the forward and could be a valuable asset for the Pacers to deploy at either position next to guys like Bruce Brown and Bennedict Mathurin.
If the Timberwolves are interested in guys like Buddy Hield or TJ McConnell, the Pacers should look to get Brown Jr., who is still just 24 years old, included in the deal.