Thunder Trade Lecque To Pacers For Leaf, Second-Round Pick

NOVEMBER 25: The deal between the Pacers and the Thunder is now official, with the Thunder acquiring Leaf and a 2027 second-round pick in exchange for Lecque, the team announced in a press release.

NOVEMBER 22: The Thunder are acquiring yet another draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who reports (via Twitter) that Oklahoma City will receive a future second-round pick and forward T.J. Leaf from the Pacers in a deal that sends guard Jalen Lecque to Indiana.

Lecque, a former Sun, was one of the players sent to the Thunder in this week’s Chris Paul trade. He signed a four-year contract with Phoenix as an undrafted free agent a year ago, but only saw action in five NBA games as a rookie. The 20-year-old has a guaranteed $1.52MM salary this season with no guarantees beyond for 2020/21.

It’s not clear whether the Pacers are intent on keeping and developing Lecque, since the move appears to be financially motivated too. As Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files tweets, moving Leaf’s $4.33MM salary for ’20/21 will allow Indiana to slip back below the luxury tax line.

The Thunder will acquire yet another future draft pick as a sweetener for taking on that extra salary, adding another second-rounder to the long list of draft assets GM Sam Presti has picked up during the last couple offseasons.

It doesn’t seem safe to assume this offseason that any newly-acquired player will remain in Oklahoma City for long, but if the Thunder hang onto Leaf, they’ll be getting a player who hasn’t carved out a regular rotation role since being drafted 18th overall in 2017. He averaged just 3.0 PPG and 2.5 RPG in 28 games (7.9 MPG) for the Pacers in 2019/20.

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7 thoughts on “Thunder Trade Lecque To Pacers For Leaf, Second-Round Pick

  1. hoosierhysteria

    Leaf can play and deserves an opportunity. McMillan never gave him minutes. He should get that on rebuilding Thunder. Long…good shooter…good guy.

  2. Sillivan

    Thunder current salary $108M

    Thunder would pay luxury tax if they acquire Batum from Hornets.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Why would they put themselves in a position to pay the luxury after they just blew up the team? Does that make any sense to you??

  3. bitterpadresfan

    Leaf already seemed like a real gym rat. High IQ player. Not quite as athletic as a lot of the league but he is going to give you his all.

  4. Luckylefty2

    This lecque kid has alot of intrigue. I’m not suprised teams are trading for him.

  5. tonyinsingapore

    Leaf had a ton of pre-Covid DNPs. Last man off the bench basically, having “earned” that by performance in practice and games.

    His ceiling is #10 rotation guy and his floor is 2020 TJ Leaf….

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