Malcolm Brogdon and Jeremy Lamb are expected to give the Pacers a boost on offense where they had a bad habit of bogging down for long stretches.
J. Michael, IndyStar
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers were in a better position this year to make a move in free agency. They struck quickly with Jeremy Lamb but the bombshell — relatively speaking, of course — came with the sign-and-trade to bring in Malcolm Brogdon.
President Kevin Pritchard has been preparing for this for months.
“I wanted to start getting a little bit more asset-rich,” Pritchard said after the trade deadline passed in the first week of February. The Pacers received a future second-round pick from the Houston Rockets, who were trying to get under the luxury tax, so they unloaded some salaries that were absorbed by Indiana.
Houston avoided the penalty because they had to get their salary total down before the end of the season. The Pacers, of course, gained an asset. They had the salary cap space to take on the contracts of Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin, though neither player was kept. They were paid and sent on their way.
Then came the draft. Pritchard took a proven scorer in T.J. Warren from…