Pacers Add Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb

JULY 7: Both deals are now finalized, with the Pacers formally announcing the addition of Lamb today. The Brogdon sign-and-trade was confirmed on Saturday.

JUNE 30: The Pacers have reached a pair of deals to add two noteworthy free agents to their roster. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter), the team has struck an agreement to acquire Malcolm Brogdon and will sign Jeremy Lamb to a three-year, $31.5MM contract.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports (via Twitter) that the Pacers are signing Brogdon to a four-year, $85MM deal and will acquire him via sign-and-trade to ensure that the Bucks don’t match the offer. Milwaukee will receive a first-round pick and a pair of future second-rounders, per Woj. All four years of Brogdon’s deal are guaranteed, adds David Aldridge of The Athletic (via Twitter).

The additions of Brogdon and Lamb represent an interesting pivot for the Pacers, who had reportedly hoped to re-sign Bojan Bogdanovic, and appeared to be on track to add Ricky Rubio to replace departed point guards Darren Collison and Cory Joseph. Instead, Bogdanovic will head to the Jazz on a four-year deal, while Rubio agreed to sign a three-year contract with the Suns.

It’s probably not fair to characterize Brogdon and Lamb as fallback options though. Brogdon was viewed as one of this year’s top restricted free agents after recording 15.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 3.2 APG with an impressive .505/.426/.928 shooting line in 2018/19. As for Lamb, he was Charlotte’s second-best scorer behind Kemba Walker, averaging 15.3 PPG and 5.5 RPG on .440/.348/.888 shooting for the Hornets.

The duo will join a backcourt that will feature a healthy Victor Oladipo at some point during the 2019/20 season (though likely not by opening night). The Pacers still project to have about $5MM in cap room after agreeing to their deals with Brogdon and Lamb, notes ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Gery Woelfel of Woelfel’s Press Box first reported (via Twitter) that the Bucks were working on a sign-and-trade involving Brogdon. Milwaukee reached deals to bring back Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez and is reportedly working on trying to bring back George Hill as well. Additionally, sending Brogdon to Indiana will generate a traded player exception for the Bucks, which will be worth half of Brogdon’s first-year salary.

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27 thoughts on “Pacers Add Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb

  1. Dionis89

    Pacers-Bucks East Finals will be interesting next season. Even with Kawhi I don’t see the Raptors getting out again.

      • KnicksFanCavsFan

        I wouldn’t say it put them over the top but they won 48 games without Oladipo for 46 games, have now added Brogdon and in doing so, made the salary cap stretched Bucks a little weaker.

        • brewcrew08

          Bucks still have about 14M in space, picks to move and over 10M in a trade exemption now after that Brogdon deal. Horst has shown he’s willing to move picks. Plus Indy lost Bojan. Brogdon that much of an upgrade over Bojan last year?

          • whoneedsfacts

            He is an upgrade for sure, but they are still like third or fourth in the East in KL stays in Toranto.

    • ThePriceWasRight

      if the raps add Kawhi, they and the bucks are still the class of the east.

      • hiflew

        Uhhhhhh. Raps with Kawhi finished 2nd to the Bucks last season.

        Yes, they were the better team for a week, but the Bucks were the better team for 6 months.

        • conquerbeard

          Lol. I’m sure the Bucks and the Lightning are super stoked about their “best team of the 2018-2019 regular season” awards.

  2. KnicksFanCavsFan

    Bad sign if you’re Giannis. The Bucks decision not to go over the lux tax might translate that they aren’t committed to win,

  3. IntheBeginning

    Pacers always seem under the radar tough. Next year they may be tougher than most years. Really a good orginization there.

    • Please stop it! Just stop it! Ok dude stop it!
      Brogdon is way waay waaay better than Bogdanovic… not even close, Lamb is probably like Bogdanovic…
      Shame on the cheap Bucks to letting Brogdon go, I’d rather him at 21MM/year than K-Mid at 36MM/year any day of the week & twice on Sundays!

  4. formerlyz

    Milwaukee losing him is big. Great fit for Indiana, as I said earlier. At least Milwaukee got something for him. Man, I’m legit on fire right now. Jeremy lamb is also a great fit, as they need the shooting on the wing, and he can defend well enough at that spot as well. They do need help at the 4 though

    • kenneth cole

      And yet it still won’t get them past the second round. Ground breaking analysis on guys we already know about

  5. OCTraveler

    Was really hoping lamb might sign with the Lakers.

    Now with KD, Kyrie, Walker and even Lamb and DRussell off the market, LA sure better get Leonard or James & Davis will be angry!

  6. x%sure

    Experts and Lakers were sleeping on Brogdon. Giving up a 4/85, a first, two seconds, and getting Lamb too… This makes up for trying to get it done on the cheap last year with Tyreke Evans and Wes Mathews. But did Indy fight last year’s battle instead of this year’s?

    Gaps opened elsewhere that their guards old and new do not fill. Did Bojan want to leave? I do not recall hearing that. If their two centers are better than one and Young, why did they not do that at best-lineup time?

    Rubio+Lamb leaves capspace for fixing the front line. Brogdon+Lamb IDK.

    • Frontcourt is fine with Warren there now in case sabonis/Turner doesn’t work. Assuming they plan to play brogdon at point they pretty straight. This might be the best free agent success the team has had in its entire history. Before yesterday, their best FA signing in history was David West.

      • x%sure

        Yes forgot about Warren. Lamb has played some SF and is a respectable rebounder.
        But it’s like they’re too tall with both centers out there, or too small with only one.

        Nice recovery after losing Rubio at any rate.

  7. hoosierhysteria

    Thank goodness Rubio rumors were false. Haven’t tracked lamb…small forward? Pacers year depends on VO return.

  8. Shawnpe

    Going to miss Brogdon on both ends. Malcom looked much better last year going to the rim and finishing than in the past. But we couldn’t get everyone back. Still liked Hills game and Wesley will bring defense, even at 32 years.

    Couple 2nd rounders and a first, with a traded player exemption? Best deal we were probably going to get.

    That should work out well for both teams.

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