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Pacers acquire Malcolm Brogdon in trade with Milwaukee Bucks

Malcolm Brogdon

The Indiana Pacers pulled off a huge trade and are acquiring restricted free agent Malcolm Brogdon from the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Pacers are trading a first round and two future second-round picks to the Bucks for Brogdon, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Brogdon and the Pacers have agreed to a four-year, $85 million deal as well.

This is a huge move in the Eastern Conference for a few reasons.

Brogdon was one of Milwaukee’s most prominent free agents. They are under pressure to keep a competitive team together in order to entice Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign with them long term next offseason. It’s unclear whether Antetokounmpo will be bothered by the team’s failure to retain Brogdon, but he may have confidence in their ability to put together a good team around him.

The Bucks are retaining two key players in Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez though, while they are trading Brogdon and have lost Nikola Mirotic.

Indiana also makes a very nice pickup to add to their team, which includes Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner. The Pacers are losing Bojan Bogdanovic to Utah but will be adding Jeremy Lamb instead, so they’re still in good shape with their offseason additions.

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