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NBA: Haliburton backed to star at Pacers

D'Aaron Fox says Sacramento Kings will miss Tyrese Haliburton and backed the second-year guard to impress with new team Indiana Pacers.

Sacramento are in action on Wednesday as they entertain Minnesota Timberwolves and they are 7/2 to win in the Money Line, with Minnesota priced at 10/11 with a -9.0 handicap in the Point Spread.

Guard moves on

Haliburton came third in the Rookie of the Year voting last season and has continued to improve this season, averaging 14.3 points, 7.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per-game - all up on last season's stats.

In a surprise move, the Kings opted to trade Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb and a 2023 second-round draft pick.

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Fox talks up Haliburton talent

Fox admits losing Haliburton comes as a blow for Sacramento but he backed the 21-year-old to make the most of his chance with the Pacers.

"You build relationships with people," said Fox, via NBC Sports. "Those are big things that happen in sports. He [Haliburton] understood what it was. It's basketball. Some of the best players in the world have gotten traded in all types of sports, so he understood."

He added: "Indiana is definitely getting a good one. They're getting a great one. But he's ready to go there and take over...They just traded Caris [LeVert] and Malcom [Brogdon] is out so Tyrese has a big, big, big, big opportunity. He's a big-time player. He's going to go there and seize every opportunity he's given. That's definitely a guy that you miss."

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