The Indiana Pacers have acquired Pascal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors as well as a 2024 second-round pick from the New Orleans Pelicans. The Raptors have received Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora, Kira Lewis Jr. and a 2026 first-round pick from the Pacers, as well as a 2024 first-round pick from either the Jazz, Clippers, Rockets or Thunder. The Pelicans received cash considerations from the Pacers.
Siakam has been with Toronto since 2016 and played in the G League before being called up. While in the G League he won Finals MVP after helping the Raptors 905 win the 2017 championship. He then went on to help Toronto win an NBA Championship in 2019, won NBA Most Improved Player in 2019, became a two-time all-star in 2020 and 2023, and has been on numerous All-NBA award lists throughout his career.
Siakam will be beneficial in the Pacer’s lineup. He is averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game while shooting 52.2% from the field. He is one of the best transition players in the league and has become one of the best scorers in both midrange and floater shots, as well as increasing his 3-point shot each season. This will be a great benefit to the Pacers already successful offense by improving their transition plays.
With Tyrese Haliburton returning to the lineup after missing five straight games with a left hamstring strain, the Pacers offense looks to embrace the Haliburton and Siakam duo to show off both of their talents and improve their already talented offense. Siakam was brought in as a second star to complement Haliburton, especially on the pick-and-roll.
Kenzie Pittenger is a senior majoring in Sport Management with a certificate in Journalism. In her free time, Kenzie enjoys working for the Pacers and Fever while keeping up with Women’s College Basketball.