INDIANAPOLIS – For the second consecutive year Pacers Gaming Senior Director of Esports Operations and Head Coach Cody Parrent has made some major “off-season” noise in the NBA 2K League with a trade. This time, he made two.
Parrent and Pacers Gaming announced Friday that the franchise traded its 2020 first-round selection (16th overall) to Nets GC for league veteran Nate Kahl (@NateKahl). Nate was the second selection overall in last year’s league expansion draft by Brooklyn after spending his rookie year (2018) in New York helping Knicks Gaming claim the first NBA 2K League championship. In fact, Nate was named MVP of the ’18 NBA 2K League finals. Nate averaged 11.0 points and 2.6 steals per game last year for the Nets.
“Since he came into the league two years ago, Nate has been one of the elite performers in our game,” said Parrent, who last year led the Pacers Gaming to their first NBA 2K League post-season appearance. “Not only will he make an immediate impact on the court, but his midwestern charm, passion, and positive energy will make him very popular among esports fans in Indiana.” Kahl is a native of Milwaukee.
Just as the dust settled on the Pacers Gaming trade with Brooklyn, Parrent pulled another blockbuster unloading last year’s top scorer (16.2 PPG) and assist leader (5.4 APG) Ramo (Ramo Radoncic) and Pacers Gaming’s second-round pick (39th overall) in ’20 to Pistons GT for Detroit’s first-round pick (No. 4 overall) and second-round selection (24th overall) in ‘20. Ironically Ramo, who in addition to leading the team in scoring and assists and was second in rebounds (5.6 RPG) and steals (1.7 SPG), came to Indiana a year ago via trade from Detroit.
Pacers Gaming was 16-11 overall last season, finishing 6th in the league in regular-season play with a 10-6 mark. The team was 6-3 in tournament play and 0-2 in the playoffs, losing in the first round by 76ers GC.