The Indiana Pacers had only one pick in last night’s 2014 NBA Draft. With the 57th pick, the Pacers chose Louis Labeyrie, a 6-10 forward from France. Indiana then traded Labeyrie to the New Your Knicks for cash considerations as Larry Bird proclaimed he was happy with the current make up of his team.
Indiana still has some work to do to try and lock up Lance Stephenson. The Pacers are still a fairly young team who once again made the Eastern Conference Finals and with the choice of talent available at the 57th pick, the Pacers decided to bolster up their bank account rather than choose a player they either had no need for or no spot for.
For the Knicks, it will be interesting to see if Labeyrie will ever get a chance to play in the states. I expect he’ll get a chance to show what he has in training camp and if he is given a choice between D-League or back to ProA in France, my guess is he’ll go back to France.
Indiana should be commended for making this trade. At least us in the media won’t have to agonize about pronouncing Louis Labeyrie’s name too often.