2. Royce O’Neale
It’s painfully clear that the Pacers could use some help on the defensive end of the court, and that’s definitely something Royce O’Neale could bring to the table for them.
The Brooklyn Nets forward does a bit of everything on both ends of the court, and his $9.5 million salary wouldn’t be too hard to match in a trade for Indiana.
So far this season, O’Neale is averaging 7.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while shooting 37.9% from the field and 36.7% from behind the three-point line. His efficiency is a bit down, but next to Tyrese Haliburton, his shot quality would undoubtedly improve.
O’Neale is capable of taking on some playmaking duties, too, and it’s that versatility (on both ends of the floor) that could make him very valuable for the Pacers.
Brooklyn is in a very weird spot, as they have struggled mightily over their last 10 games, so by the time the trade deadline rolls around, they could be willing to talk about trades.
Add in the fact that O’Neale is in the final year of his deal, and he’s definitely a guy the Nets could be willing to deal. If the price is right, the Pacers should absolutely pull the trigger.