In a major NBA trade, the Indiana Pacers have secured All-Star forward Pascal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors. The deal involves sending Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora, and three first-round picks to the Raptors, including Indiana’s selections for 2024 and 2026. The New Orleans Pelicans are part of the trade, sending Kira Lewis Jr. and a 2024 second-round pick to the Pacers.
Pacers president Kevin Pritchard expressed excitement about welcoming Siakam, a two-time All-NBA selection, stating that his offensive skills and defensive versatility will complement the team’s style of play. Siakam, who has spent his entire NBA career with the Raptors, is averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists this season.
Siakam, 29, is enthusiastic about the opportunity with the Pacers and is expected to negotiate a new contract with the franchise this summer. His agent, Todd Ramasar, sees a bright future for Siakam in Indiana, being paired with players like Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner under coach Rick Carlisle.
The Pacers, currently ranking sixth in the Eastern Conference standings, are the highest-scoring team in the NBA this season. Siakam’s move from Toronto, leading in fast-break points, to Indiana, ranking second, adds an exciting dynamic.
In addition to the trade, the Pacers waived veteran forward James Johnson, while Bruce Brown and Jordan Nwora join the Raptors. Brown, 27, is set to play for his fourth team in the last three seasons, while Nwora, 25, adds depth to the Raptors’ roster.
The Pelicans’ involvement in the trade positions them to get below the luxury tax threshold by moving Kira Lewis. Meanwhile, the Pacers’ aggressive move signals a commitment to a successful season, aiming for postseason success after three years of absence.
Toronto, with a 15-25 record, embarks on a rebuilding phase with its second significant trade this season, following OG Anunoby’s deal to the Knicks. The Raptors look toward the future, accumulating a valuable collection of draft picks and young talent.