Pacers get their man, reportedly trade for Pascal Siakam in three-team deal

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors
NBA: Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors

Indiana's league-best offense just got more dangerous because Tyrese Haliburton has an elite new running mate.

The Pacers got their guy, trading for All-NBA wing Pascal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors in a three-way deal that had been reported as close, and was officially broken by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and quickly confirmed by his agent. Toronto will get three first-round picks and Bruce Brown from the Pacers in the deal.

Siakam is a free agent after this season but Indiana now has his Bird Rights and is in the driver's seat to re-sign him — there is no chance Indiana would have surrendered three first-round picks to land him without some understanding he would stay in Indiana. The Pacers can now offer him a fifth season that no other team can. His max would be five years, $248 million, although most around the league expect a deal just below the max.

Indiana has a historically good offense and the best in the NBA this season — a 121.6 offensive rating — with Haliburton leading the up-tempo attack. Siakam fits well on the wing with that, he thrives in transition plus can create his own shot in the halfcourt. Siakam is averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game this season.

In this trade the Pacers hold on to sharpshooter Buddy Hield — who may be needed, Siakam is not a floor spacer and a career 32.7% from 3 — as well as young stars Bennedict Mathurin, Jarace Walker and Aaron Nesmith.

These are three non-lottery picks going back to Toronto: The Pacers 2024, the worst of the picks of Oklahoma City, Utah, Houston or the Los Angeles Clippers (likely the Thunder pick), and the Pacers 2026 first-round pick (top four protected). The Raptors also will get Kira Lewis from the Pelicans and a second-round pick.

All those picks give the Raptors a chance to load up on young talent to put with Scottie Barnes as they retool the roster, but this was also not the haul they were hoping for — they got more of OG Anunoby (RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley from the Knicks).