The 2019 second-round draft pick the Los Angeles Lakers traded to the Indiana Pacers to acquire Roy Hibbert is on the move. The Cleveland Cavaliers are sending rookie Rakeem Christmas to the Pacers in exchange for the pick, Indiana announced.
Christmas played with the Cavaliers' Las Vegas Summer League team, averaging eight points and 4.5 rebounds in 21 minutes per game. The Pacers' big man depth is currently being restructured with Hibbert, David West and Luis Scola all moving to new teams. Myles Turner, who impressed during Orlando Summer League play, is their new focus in the frontcourt.
Rakeem was a four-year player at Syracuse who put up 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game in his senior year. The Cavaliers traded the 24th pick of the draft to the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire two second-round selections, and picked Christmas with the 36th pick.
Whoever that future second-rounder turns into, his fate in a few years now rests in the hands of the Cavaliers, but only for a limited time. The second-round pick could be the asset the Cavaliers need to send with Brendan Haywood's contract in order to clear his contract before it becomes guaranteed on Aug. 1, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.