Indiana Pacers pull off shocking Pascal Siakam trade: What it means

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Pascal Siakam, one of the top targets for NBA teams ahead of the trade deadline, has been traded to the Indiana Pacers as part of a three-team trade, according to multiple reports (ESPN and The Athletic).

The Toronto Raptors are sending Siakam to the Pacers for Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora and three first-round picks, according to the reports. The New Orleans Pelicans are the third team in the deal, sending Kira Lewis to Toronto.

The way it officially reads, New Orleans is sending Lewis to the Pacers and getting cash in return. The Pacers then sent Lewis as part of the package to Toronto for Siakam.

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Pascal Siakam has an expiring contract, so the Indiana Pacers would hope to re-sign him

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Siakam’s contract is expiring after this season, meaning there must have been some insurance from his people that he would re-sign with the Pacers. Siakam has a $37.9 million cap hit this season.

He is eligible to sign a two-year $81.5M extension with Indiana up until June 30, according to reports. The Pacers inherit his bird rights and can sign him to a five-year $247 million contract in July.

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Before the trade went down, Siakam had reportedly expressed an interest in reaching free agency, so he can discuss a long term deal with several teams.

The Pelicans are sending to the least favorable of either their pick or Chicago’s 2024 second-rounder in the deal, according to reports, and since it was a separate trade, the Pacers are sending cash considerations to New Orleans as part of the deal.

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