Looking at Desmond Bane - a 6’5”, 220 pound senior combo guard with elite shooting splits (49.5/43.3/80.4 over his college career) - it’s hard not to compare him to someone like Malcolm Brogdon. The consensus with Brogdon was that because he lacked elite athleticism and ball handling ability, he would struggle to make the transition to the NBA game. Enter Desmond Bane in the 2020 draft.
While the NBA’s offseason this year is expected to be more quiet than in previous years, one player who has constantly heard his name in trade rumors is Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo. It should be noted that Victor Oladipo is in the third year of a four year, $84 million deal that he signed back when he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and could become an unrestricted free agent after next season.
Hayward would add a proven scorer to a Pacers offense that finished the regular season 19th in the NBA in offensive rating (109.5). While getting swept by the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs, the shorthanded Pacers managed a meager 103.9 offensive rating, which wound up ranking 13th out of 16 playoff teams. There are three crucial questions to a Hayward trade for the Pacers: What are they giving up?