Pascal Siakam Joins Pacers

Pacers acquire Pascal Siakam in blockbuster trade with Raptors

The first significant domino fell before February’s trade deadline after the Indiana Pacers acquired All-Star forward Pascal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors.

The Pacers moved three first-round picks to the Raptors to land Siakam. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans dealt Kira Lewis and a 2024 second-round pick, which Indiana turned around and included Lewis in the deal for Siakam.

 

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“We’re incredibly excited to welcome Pascal to Indiana,” Pacers president Kevin Pritchard said in a statement via ESPN. “As a two-time All-NBA selection and two-time NBA All Star, Pascal is a player that our organization has long admired and respected. We feel that his unique offensive skillset will complement our style of play, while his defensive versatility will be a valuable asset to our team.”

Siakam spent his first eight seasons with the Raptors, where he developed into a star talent, who played a significant part in bringing the Raptors their first NBA title.

Skaim is averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. The 29-year-old should immediately step in to fill a significant offensive role in Indiana.

 

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He is in the final year of his deal making roughly $38 million. The All-Star forward will likely look to secure a long-term deal over next season, which could see him latch onto staying with the Pacers.

Sikiam will have a major offensive role, especially with All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton still out due to a leg injury.

Once Haliburton returns, he could the Pacers form their own version of the Big 3 with Haliburton, Siakam, and Myles Turner.

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