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Pacers trade No. 50 to Jazz for a future second-round pick

Kevin Pritchard

The Indiana Pacers traded the 50th overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft to the Utah Jazz for a future second-rounder.

The Athletic’s Scott Agness confirmed the development on June 20.

After acquiring the pick from Indiana, Utah plucked College of Charleston power forward Jarrell Brantley, per ESPN senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

HoopsHype’s Bryan Kalbrosky dubbed Brantley “one of the most underrated prospects in this draft class.” Kalbrosky breaks down Brantley’s upside further.

He had the most defensive win shares of anyone in the conference three of his four years in college and finished third overall in box plus-minus among all players in his conference last season.

Brantley finished with the fourth-most points per game scored in transition and would fit in well with a fast-tempo offense.

The 6-foot-7 forward has a 7-foot-2 wingspan and scouts have reportedly been impressed with his ‘shooting, motor [and] rebounding’ during the pre-draft process.

For his part, Brantley told Kalbrosky NBA scouts love his size and overall athleticism. He also said he can play well on both ends of the court. Scouts told Brantley they expected an NBA team to draft him in the middle or late second round.

That prediction came true when he was the 50th rookie called up to the stage at Barclays Center on Thursday. Here’s wishing Jarrell Brantley the best of luck in his NBA career with the Utah Jazz.

The Pacers hope that this short-term sacrifice for a future draft pick gives them more flexibility in the coming weeks, with free agency on the horizon.