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The Pacers were awarded with the n. 6 chosen in the draft after finishing the 2021-22 season with a 25-57 record. Either way, General Manager Kevin Pritchard is ready for selection.
“We’re excited. We’re about to kick it. We’re not kidding now,” Pritchard told reporters after the lottery, via the Indian star.
Pritchard made it clear that one of the boxes a prospect needs to check is a willingness to play Indianapolis.
“This is important to me: when they come to Indiana, they want to be in Indiana. The player we select, we want in Indiana (for a pre-draft interview). We want 24 hours. We want the community to welcome him and we want the player hug Indiana, “he added.
The ability to trade the choice or veteran players for the choices also doesn’t seem out of the question.
Myles Turner could be one of the players on the block. He still has one year on his contract and could be a very good commercial candidate in the middle of the off-season or in the middle of the 2022-23 season. Commercial rumors also swirled around Malcolm Brogdon, but he still has three years for him to agree to him.
Indiana made a successful trade when they handed out Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb and a 2023 round two pick to the Sacramento Re for Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson. Haliburton and Hield may both be around for the start of next season.
Last year, the Pacers selected Chris Duarte with the No. 13 chosen suits. Duarte averaged 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
At no. 6, the Pacers could watch Iowa’s Keegan Murray, Kentucky’s Shaedon Sharpe, Duke’s AJ Griffin, or Memphis’s Jalen Duren, among others, when they go on the clock.