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Pascal Siakam

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Pacers forward Pascal Siakam has been suggested as a possible candidate for the New York Knicks.

The New York Knicks may have to turn to the Indiana Pacers to find their missing piece for next season. Following the Knicks’ elimination loss, Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox called Pacers star Pascal Siakam a potential “name to watch” if the Knicks look to trade Julius Randle this offseason.

“If the Knicks are interested in spending big and are in a position to do so, Paul George could of course re-enter the equation,” Knox wrote in a May 19, 2024 story titled: “Examining Knicks’ Salary Cap , Decisions for 2024 NBA Free Agency After Playoff Loss.” “He has a player option with the Los Angeles Clippers and was reportedly a Knicks trade target last summer.

“…Indiana Pacers power forward Pascal Siakam could be a name to watch if the Knicks decide to move Randle this offseason. However, a Siakam and Anunoby reunion in New York is probably not likely.”


NBA Rumors: The Knicks should likely make a sign-and-trade move with Pacers for Pascal Siakam

Siakiam was one of the main reasons the Pacers were able to beat the Knicks to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The veteran scored 20 points in three of the last four games of the series.

Indiana acquired Siakam in a trade with the Toronto Raptors in January. The Pacers sent the Raptors three first-round picks, Bruce Brown and Jordan Nwora, as part of the deal.

Considering Indiana gave up a lot to land Siakam, it’s safe to assume the Pacers will fight hard to keep the forward this summer. Siakam is set to hit free agency after completing a four-year deal worth $136 million this season. The forward had a cap hit of $37.8 million in 2023-2024.

The challenge for New York is that the team is expected to be over the cap. The Knicks would likely have to stage a sign-and-trade to have a chance at landing Siakam. New York has its own free agents to try to re-sign, including OG Anunoby (if the veteran opts out) and Isaiah Hartenstein. Siakam averaged 21.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 38.6% from long range in 41 starts for the Pacers in the regular season after the trade.


Knicks Rumors: NBA teams are keeping an eye on potential trades for Julius Randle

Randle remains the biggest name mentioned in potential Knicks trade talks. NBA insider Shams Charania reported that opponents are “keeping an eye” on how Randle’s situation plays out.

“Julius Randle, he has a player option in 2025…Teams are certainly keeping an eye on this situation because how (the Knicks) handle that extension situation, if that’s a conversation, what happens, I think that will be interesting ,” Charania noted. on a May 20 edition of “Run It Back.”

How the Knicks handle Randle’s future will be an interesting case study. Randle has two seasons left on a four-year, $117 million contract. Still, this could end up being another year, as Randle has a player option for 2025.

Randle is eligible for a contract extension this season. The Knicks had success while Randle was sidelined this season. It will be interesting to see if the Knicks explore potential trades for Randle instead of signing the star to an extension.

Jonathan Adams is a veteran sports contributor covering the NFL, NBA and golf for Heavy.com. His work has been featured prominently on NFL.com, Yahoo Sports, Pro Football Talk, CBS Sports, Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated. More about Jonathan Adams