I think the Pacers have to be all in on Jaden Ivey:
- Indiana doesn’t care about the Pacers. Ivey’s an electric home-state player, both growing up in Indiana and going to Purdue. Basketball is a business. Give hope and excitement back to the fans.
- The Kings are saying they are ok to stay put. That’s because they want a bounty in trades. Duh. Find a way to move Brogdon to get another asset for the Kings to say yes. Will you have to overpay? Probably. But star-level talent is expensive. The Pacers have already seen what very good talent (Sabonis, Turner, etc.) looks like. You don’t win big or draw fans without true stars. Fans can respect the risk.
- Is Ivey a point guard? No. Play him at shooting guard so he can play like Iverson or Russell Westbrook. Haliburton is a great compliment, and both also have the physical ability to guard either position. Duarte + McConnell make great backups. Your backcourt is set, go figure out the rest.