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A versatile forward could hit the market for the Pacers this offseason

The Indiana Pacers aren’t worried about the offseason right now. They have a second-round matchup with the Knicks to prepare for and win. Still, the basketball team wants to improve this roster not only for next season, but for the next two or three as well.

Indiana is missing a very good piece to be seen as a true NBA title contender. The bench is great, but the starters are still missing one top scorer. Pascal Siakam and Tyrese Haliburton are the guys stirring the drink for the offense, but they need one more guy.

There’s a forward about to hit the free-agent market that could really help the Pacers in that area. He struggled a bit in the playoffs this season, but he has made an All-Star team before and could help Indiana on both the offensive and defensive ends. That attacker is Brandon Ingram.

The Pacers defense is still bad. Despite some improvement since the All-Star break, they are still an undersized defense. We saw that rear its ugly head in Game 5 against the Bucks. They need more length on the wing to help Haliburton, who is a poor defender.

Ingram would help on that end of the floor. He is 6-foot-4, has an 8-foot wingspan and can shift from 1 to 5. If he were playing for the Pacers, he also wouldn’t have the pressure to be number one or even number two offensively. are. He could be the best number three in the league.

Ingram averaged nearly 21 points per game on 49% shooting and 35.5% from three. He would also help the Pacers with rebounding as he averaged five boards per game and 5.7 assists. He does everything damn well.

The biggest problem with getting Ingram to Indiana is finances. As we detailed in our Paul George article, finances will be very tight this season. Ingram is 26 and probably wants to make money. He wants a maximum deal with someone and has the stats to get it.

If they could get him to take a pay cut, somewhere between $20 and $25 million a year, they could land him. He would be an excellent guy to turn the Pacers into a win-it-all contender.