Pacers Swap Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora, First-Round Draft Picks for Raptors’ Pascal Siakam

‣ The Indiana Pacers are trading Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora, and three future first-round draft picks to the Toronto Raptors for Pascal Siakam.
‣ Siakam, who is set to become a free agent in July, is excited about playing for the Pacers and is expected to work out a new contract with the franchise this summer.
‣ The Pacers had to eliminate $29.7 million in contracts to fit Siakam. This trade saves the Pelicans roughly $18 million.

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The Indiana Pacers are shaking things up. They’re trading Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora, and three future first-round draft picks for Pascal Siakam. This news comes courtesy of ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Pacers are reportedly sending two 2024 first-round draft picks and a 2026 first-rounder to the Raptors. But that’s not all. The New Orleans Pelicans are also involved, sending an undisclosed second-round pick to Indiana.

The Pelicans’ pick is the least favorable of either their pick or Chicago’s 2024 second-rounder. That’s the word from the insiders. And in another trade today, New Orleans also sent Kira Lewis Jr. to Toronto.

Wojnarowski broke the news on Twitter. “BREAKING: The Indiana Pacers are finalizing a trade to acquire All-Star F Pascal Siakam,” he tweeted. This deal will send Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora, and three first-round picks to the Toronto Raptors. The Pelicans are the third team in the deal, sending Kira Lewis to the Raptors.

Indiana can aggregate Lewis Jr. because they’re under the salary cap. That’s according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. This trade saves the Pelicans roughly $18 million. Before the trade, Indiana was $8.25 million below the cap.

The Pacers had to eliminate $29.7 million in contracts to fit Siakam. Bruce Brown, 27, is making $22 million this season and has a $23 million team option for 2024-25. Jordan Nwora, 25, is on a $3 million expiring contract.

Siakam’s agent, Todd Ramasar, seems pleased. “I’m excited that Pascal is getting a first-class opportunity with the Pacers,” he told Andscape after the trade. He’s looking forward to Siakam being paired with Tyrese [Haliburton] and Myles [Turner] and being coached by Rick Carlisle.

Siakam, 29, is set to become a free agent in July. But he’s excited about playing for the Pacers. He’s expected to work out a new contract with the franchise this summer. He’s making $37.8 million this season as part of a four-year, $136.9 million contract he signed with the Raptors in October 2019.

The Pacers can sign him to a five-year, $247 million contract in July. They’ve inherited his bird rights, according to Marks. Siakam is eligible to sign a two-year, $81.5 million extension with Indiana up until June 30.

If he wasn’t traded, Siakam could have signed a five-year supermax deal worth around $304 million. That’s if he received an All-NBA selection this year. Siakam spent all eight of his NBA seasons with the Raptors. He was selected 27th overall by Toronto in the 2016 draft out of New Mexico State.

Siakam has had a solid start this season. Through 39 starts, he’s averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 34.7 minutes per game. Plus, the forward is shooting 52.2% from the floor, 31.7% beyond the arc, and 75.8% at the foul line.

James Shotwell
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