Haliburton – Sabonis transfer, winning deal

On February 8, 2022, the Kings shocked the NBA world by parting ways with their bullpen, Tyrese Haliburton, to restore Indiana Domantas Sabonis’ interior. Today, the Sacramento franchise is finally on its way back to the playoffs, while the Pacers are surprising everyone under Haliburton, who is having an All-Star caliber season. Almost a year later, can we talk about a real win-win deal?

Transfer Reminder:

  • Indiana heading for Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Tristan Thompson
  • Heading to Sacramento for Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb, 2023 2nd round pick

Trade report for the Kings after 11 months

“The Kings really released Tyrese Haliburton?!?!”

It’s a common refrain on Twitter on Feb. 8 and in the days following the trade between the Kings and Pacers. While Hali found himself in some rumors at the time, few expected to see Sacramento’s young leader leave the author of a very promising start to his career and determined to change the losing culture in Sacktown. But director of basketball operations Monte McNair wanted to play short with the mission of allowing the Kings to return to the playoffs after an absence of more than 15 years (an NBA record), so he decided to send him to Indiana to heal internally. Domantas Sabonis, 26, was a two-time All-Star in 2020 and 2021.

Today is January 14, 2023, and the Kings are in fourth place in the Western Conference. With a positive record of 23 wins – 18 losses. If there are many reasons for this resurgence (the arrival of new head coach Mike Brown, as well as players like Kevin Huerter, Malik Monk and the lion Keegan Murray), the presence of Sabonis is one of the main reasons, he represents a spinning plate. best NBA offense with versatility (19 points, 12 rebounds/best NBA rebounds, 7 assists per game, 61% shooting, including 39% 3-pointers). An All-Star season that allowed the Kings to finally have a real presence inside and therefore a more balanced team that benefited a certain De’Aaron Fox.

With Tyrese Haliburton gone (the two shared the Kings’ backcourt last year), Renard once again has all the keys to the offense, shining brightly this season and can legitimately covet his first All-Star selection of his career. For coach Mike Brown, the Fox-Sabonis duo deserves to be sent to the All-Star game given Sacramento’s strong showing this year. It’s hard to question the coach’s words, especially when you see the excitement once again surrounding this franchise that has been so derided in recent years.

Trade report for the Pacers after 11 months

“The Pacers really brought back Tyrese Haliburton?!?!”

As soon as the transfer was announced on February 8, 2022, many of us applauded the big blow for the Indiana franchise. A talented and crazy 22-year-old scorer with All-Star and even superstar potential, he’s the type of player who is usually untouchable on a transfer. But the Pacers used the emergency situation in the California capital to restore the centerpiece of their rebuild. Despite the talent of Domantas Sabonis, they didn’t hesitate for a second, as the relationship between the latter and center Myles Turner reached its limit. Also, knowing that Victor Oladipo and Caris LeVert were also transferred before him, Domas’ departure was not really a surprise, which is a sign of the new direction Indiana is taking after years of stagnation (5 consecutive playoff appearances between 2015 and 2020). , no playoffs in 2021).

Today is January 14, 2023, and the Pacers are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 23 wins to 20 losses. Indiana is undoubtedly one of the biggest surprises of the season, with Rick Carlisle’s team defying all predictions from the start of the year when it was announced at the bottom of the rankings. The number one reason behind these amazing results? This is Haliburton. Despite currently being in the hospital for at least two weeks, Tyrese had an All-Star caliber campaign with 20 points (48% shooting, 40% 3-point shooting, 88% shooting – Frank), 10 stats. assist (best NBA pass) and averaged almost 2 steals. In addition, Hali has a great head as a leader, and he has a very popular personality in the Indiana locker room. That’s why the expected breakout in his new colors at the start of the season happened, and that should allow him to make his first All-Star appearance in Salt Lake City in February.

“Me and Fox, we’ve both done very well to be in the All-Star game. We shared the backfield in Sacramento, especially the second year I started. It’s probably better for both of us because we’re better when we have the ball.

– Tyrese Haliburton, via Woj Pod

The Pacers, who just a few months ago seemed like they were going nowhere, are now a real conductor as well as a real project to build. After last year’s mixed campaign (25 wins), Indiana received a big bull in Ben Mathurin (bench back), who is both the player of the year and in the running for the title of Sixth Man this season. The backfield of his turf at Indy, he’s there. Buddy Hield, who started on the outside with Haliburton and also came to the Pacers in last February’s deal, is also contributing to Indiana’s current success as a scorer and sniper, while center Myles Turner got rid of Domantas Sabonis inside – just having a career-best season .

So a real win-win deal?

Win-win deals are extremely rare in the NBA. In the short term anyway. We see a lot of trades where one of the two teams benefits immediately from the deal, while the other has to wait a few years to reap the benefits, especially with draft picks. Of course, every transfer is different and there are always several ways to analyze it. But one thing is certain in the Tyrese Haliburton-Domantas Sabonis trade: both franchises found what they were looking for. Sacramento is headed to the playoffs, Indiana has the face for the Pacers’ new era. Whether it’s the players involved individually or collectively for the franchise in question, everyone benefits from this deal after one year.

But to be able to conduct a full analysis of this transfer, it will definitely be necessary to wait a few more years. If Tyrese Haliburton becomes the best NBA point guard one day, can we really say that the Kings came out a winner in this deal? If Sacramento continues its terrible streak of no playoff seasons but doesn’t accomplish anything else behind it, is it worth sending Hali to Indiana for Sabonis?

It was obvious for the Pacers to make this move given the franchise situation and the unexpected opportunity to restore a promising point guard like Tyrese Haliburton. On the other hand, on the side of the Kings, the legality of such a deal can always be questionedand that’s despite the resurgence we’ve seen this season, fueled by the De’Aaron Fox-Domantas Sabonis duo.

As you understand, the future will give us more answers. But in the meantime, we in Sacramento can smile like we do in Indiana.

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