Add the Indiana Pacers as one of the possible candidates to go for Jalen Brunson this offseason.
Per insider Marc Stein, Indiana will try to snag the explosive guard into their lineup for next season. Rick Carlisle, Brunson’s former mentor in the Dallas Mavericks who is now handling the drawing board on the side of the Pacers, is reportedly knowledgeable of the 24-year-old’s game and might play an instrumental role in the race to acquire him.
This upcoming summer, Brunson is set to become an unrestricted free agent and is already attracting the interest of the New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons. In Game 1 of the Dallas’ first-round series against the Utah Jazz on Saturday, Knicks key officials William Wesley and Allan Houston were seen in the jam-packed crowd of the American Airlines Center, thus sparking buzzes around the league about the hunt for the proud Villanova product.
With the Pacers being rumored to part ways with Malcolm Brogdon and Buddy Hield after this season in order to shed their loaded backcourt, their interest in Brunson looks legit as it is. The ball club can pair him with rising star Tyrese Haliburton and hail them as the franchise core players of their future.
Stepping up without main man Luka Doncic, Brunson’s electrifying 41 markers recently led the Mavericks to a 110-104 Game 2 win over the Jazz, knotting the series to one win apiece heading to the Salt Lake City in continuation of the first round square-off.