UPDATE 1/17: The Pacers and Raptors are nearing a deal to send Pascal Siakam to Indy for Picks and Bruce Brown.
The Raptors and Pacers are actively involved in trade talks centering on two-time All-Star forward Pascal Siakam, sending him to Indiana for a package that includes Bruce Brown Jr., other salaries and three first-round draft picks, league sources said. Athletic.
The Raptors have been in discussions with several teams about a potential Siakam deal, but those sources say talks with the Pacers have gained steam in recent days. Sources said several proposals were floated back and forth in the talks between the two teams. Although the two sides are described as being far along in the process, according to those sources, they are yet to finalize or agree on a deal.
The Kings had other suitors for Siakam, but In recent weeks I decided to withdraw from conversations, league sources say. Siakam is also known to be against the possibility of re-signing in Sacramento, further complicating the Kings deal. The Warriors and Mavericks have also expressed scouting interest in Siakam, according to league sources.
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Siakam is in the final year of his contract at $38 million, giving the 29-year-old some leverage in his landing spot, as any prospective team will want to know if he's willing to re-sign as a free agent if given the assets. Essential in business. If the Raptors decide not to trade Siakam before the Feb. 8 trade deadline, an extension could be another possible solution that would allow them to revisit the situation this summer. However, Siakam is known to prefer a maximum salary deal, and the two sides have not made progress in negotiations in recent months.
Brown, the Pacers' highest-paid player this season, earned $22 million and has a team option for $23 million next season.
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