Indiana Pacers Land Pascal Siakam in Trade with Toronto Raptors

The Raptors’ fire sale continues. The Indiana Pacers are finalizing a trade to acquire Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. According to Woj, the Pacers will send Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora and three first-round picks in the deal. The New Orleans Pelicans will serve as a third team in the deal, sending Kira Lewis to the Raptors and a second-round pick back to the Pacers.

Siakam, a two-time All-Star, now joins the high-octane Pacers, who lead the NBA in offensive rating and points per game. The Pacers can now pair breakout star Tyrese Haliburton with a proven NBA talent that has a championship ring and has made two All-NBA teams in the last three seasons.

The Raptors Siakam the 29-year-old dominated the NBA’s developmental league (now called the G-League) winning a D-League championship and a D-League Finals MVP in his first season with the Raptors. Leafs

Siakam eventually blossomed into a dominant two-way forward, winning Most Improved Player during the Raptor’s 2019 championship season. After Kawhi Leonard’s departure, he was made the centerpiece of the Raptors’ post-Kawhi rebuild, making two All-Star teams, a second-team All-NBA and a third-team All-NBA roster in the three years following the championship run. The relationship between Siakam and the Raptors began to sour this past summer when Raptors president Masai Ujiri did not initiate contract negotiations with Siakam. We were told that the Pacers feel “optimistic” about their ability to retain Siakam long-term if the trade were to go through, and they are still ironing out the details. Congrats to the Raptors