The Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings are finalizing a blockbuster trade ahead of the 2022 NBA trade deadline. With both teams looking to shake things up, they agreed to a massive trade on Tuesday. The Pacers are sending Domantas Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb, and Justin Holiday to the Kings in exchange for Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, and Tristan Thompson, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Pacers are trading Domas Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb and Jeremy Lamb to Sacramento for Tyrese Hailburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson, sources tell ESPN.
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Sabonis has long been linked with a trade away from the Pacers, who made their first step in overhauling their roster on Monday by dealing Caris LeVert to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now the team is also set to part ways with Lamb and Holiday, in addition to their star in Sabonis.
Sabonis is averaging 18.9 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists this season, and is considered among the biggest Eastern Conference All-Star snubs. The 25-year-old is under contract through the 2023-24 season and is due to make $18.5 million next year. The Kings are acquiring one of the best young big men in basketball, though he certainly didn’t come cheap.
Hield is a player who has also been a trade piece for quite some time, and he’ll get the chance to start fresh in Indiana. On the season, Hield is averaging 14.4 points while making 3.3 three-pointers per game, knocking down the deep ball at a 36.8% clip.
As for Haliburton, he’s emerged as an elite playmaker and a talented scorer. At just 21 years old, the Pacers may have acquired their point guard for the future in this deal. Haliburton is posting season averages of 14.3 points and 7.4 assists while knocking down two three-pointers per game at an impressive 41.3% clip.
This is a trade that has the potential to pay dividends for both squads, with talented assets heading in each direction.