Pascal Siakam saluted the fans of Toronto in an open message in the Players Tribune. Writing in “Toronto Fever,” Siakam revealed, “I never asked for a trade.”

“I guess at some point the Raptors pretty much made it known they were going in a different direction, and didn’t want to extend me, and a trade was definitely about to happen. All of a sudden it wasn’t rumors anymore. And I think my agent, you know, he’s doing his job, focusing me on the future, trying to remind me how there’s good things ahead. So he’s like, “P, though….. where do you see yourself?” And he’s going through a bunch of teams, places I’m always getting linked to and whatnot. I thought about it hard. I tried to picture myself playing on the different rosters, living in the different cities, even wearing the different colors. I’m going through them in my head. And I’ll be honest what I answered. I was like, “Where do I see myself? I mean…… Toronto.”

– Pascal Siakam

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Pascal Siakam is headed to the Indiana Pacers. NBA Trade season is officially underway, and the NBA Champion will now team with Tyrese Haliburton.

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The Pacers acquired Siakam from the Toronto Raptors for Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora, and three first-round picks. Sources told ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski that the New Orleans Pelicans are a third team in the deal, shipping Kira Lewis to the Raptors and a second-round pick to the Pacers.

For the season, Siakam is averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the season. He can be a free agent this offseason, but the Pacers believe they can come to an extension.

“I’m excited that Pascal is getting a first class opportunity with the Pacers, being paired with Tyrese [Haliburton] and Myles [Turner] and being coached by a great coach in Rick Carlisle,” Siakam’s agent Todd Ramasar said to Andscape.

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