May 28, 2024

Bruce Brown’s time with the Indiana Pacers might be brief, despite signing with them just this summer. The 27-year-old wing is reportedly part of trade discussions with the Toronto Raptors involving Pascal Siakam, as revealed by The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick. Brown, a key contributor to Denver’s championship team last season, had notable postseason averages of 12 points, 1.9 assists, and four rebounds per game off the bench.

Having inked a two-year, $45 million deal with a team option for the following season, Brown stands to earn $22 million this year and $23 million if the option is exercised. Transitioning to a full-time starter with the Pacers, the 6-foot-4 player has been averaging 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and three assists, with a 32.7% shooting accuracy from beyond the arc.

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The specific details of the potential trade for Siakam remain unclear, but the Pacers may need to include additional salaries totaling at least $8.3 million. Players like T.J. McConnell ($8.7 million), Obi Toppin ($6.8 million), and Jalen Smith ($5 million) are among those mentioned. In their efforts to acquire Siakam, the Pacers are reportedly offering Toronto up to three first-round draft picks. Indiana possesses all its future first-round picks, including a 2024 selection that will be the least valuable among those from Houston, Utah, Oklahoma City, or the Los Angeles Clippers.

Siakam, with averages of 22.2 points, 4.9 assists, and 6.3 rebounds per game, is currently in the final year of his contract with the Raptors, set to earn $37.9 million.

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