The Indiana Pacers were active in the opening minutes of the NBA Free Agency period.  Soon after 6PM (Eastern Time), the Utah Jazz went “all in” on Bojan Bogdanovic and signed him to a 4-year $72M deal.  Thaddeus Young was the next former Pacer to find a new home to Chicago for a 3-year deal. The Pacers grabbed Malcolm Brogdan from the Bucks in a trade for a 1st round pick and 2 second round picks.  Brogdan signed a 4 year $85M deal with Indiana then as announced by Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN).  Brogdan averaged 15.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.2 APG last season. Brogdan has been hampered by injuries the past two season, but the Pacers have a great training staff to build up Malcolm and keep him healthy in the future.

The Pacers didn’t end there by adding another guard and shooter Jeremy Lamb who was in Charlotte last season.  Lamb signed with the Pacers for 3 years $31.5M reported by The Athletic. Lamb comes to Indiana as a consistent scorer and had a career-high last season averaging 15.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.2 APG.  Lamb will be a good fill-in until Oladipo is back from injury and then will be serviceable.

The Pacers needed to fill two starter positions at the start of free agency and they accomplished that within the first two hours.

Depth chart

Point guards: Malcolm Brogdon, Aaron Holiday.
Shooting guards: Victor Oladipo, Jeremy Lamb, Edmond Sumner.
Small forwards: T.J. Warren, Doug McDermott.
Power forwards: Domantas Sabonis, TJ Leaf, Alize Johnson.
Centers: Myles Turner, Goga Bitadze.


Reef’s Take: I loved the pickups by the Pacers in free agency.  The Pacers needed to address scoring and depth and succeeded with both Brogdan and Lamb.  Both players can get a bucket when needed and can shoot the 3-pointer well.  Adding TJ Warren via trade with Phoenix on draft day, the Pacers now have their starter positions filled until Victor Oladipo gets back from injury.  I think the Pacers make at least one more addition, probably a veteran to have some leadership with the team. I like the moves!  Pacers fans….be thankful for what we got, it could be worse……we could be the New York Knicks!


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