No. 8: Indiana Pacers
This idea may seem a bit unconventional, but if the Indiana Pacers believe in Tyrese Haliburton, maybe they would be interested in contacting the Washington Wizards about Bradley Beal in an attempt to push forward quicker.
Pairing Haliburton with Beal would be especially intriguing, considering the last time the latter made the postseason was when John Wall, an elite playmaker, was playing alongside him.
Plus, the Pacers would keep a lot of their core pieces in this proposed deal, with Myles Turner being the most important one. That would allow them to keep a competitive roster around their guard tandem.
Giving up on Aaron Nesmith may not be something the Pacers are interested in, but if they see Haliburton as a potential first option, then this could be an eyebrow-raiser.
For the Wizards, Nesmith would be a great addition, as he showed a ton of potential with the Pacers this past season as a 3-and-D energy guy with positional versatility.
Chris Duarte and Buddy Hield may not be as intriguing, but they could get a decent return should Washington flip them. The real draw in this deal would be the draft picks.
Indiana likely wouldn’t be interested in trading the seventh pick, but cobbling together two late-first-round picks would give Washington the option to either add two more young pieces on rookie deals or package the selections and attempt to move up in the draft.
Potential starting lineups
Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton, Bradley Beal, Benedict Mathurin, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner
Wizards: Monte Morris, Aaron Nesmith, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Kristaps Porzingis