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NBA Podcast: Where the Siakam trade leaves the Pacers and Raptors

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Welcome to the latest edition of "Pound the Rock," an NBA podcast hosted by Joseph Casciaro and Joe Wolfond.

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On this episode we break down the Pascal Siakam trade and what it means for the Pacers and Raptors, including:

  • The low acquisition cost and why "three first-round picks" sounds better than it actually is
  • Why Siakam is such a great fit in Indiana
  • What he can do for the Pacers, and what they can do for him
  • This team needed more secondary creation behind Tyrese Haliburton
  • Siakam's methodical mid-range game versus Indiana's quick-hitting rim-and-threes approach
  • Siakam and Haliburton in transition
  • Inverted ball-screen actions with Buddy Hield
  • How much can Siakam actually help them on defense?
  • Filling a power forward-sized hole in the starting lineup
  • A better option for defending big forwards than they've had up to this point
  • Can he still make an impact as a back-line helper and secondary rim-protector?
  • Can he improve the team's lousy defensive rebounding?
  • Why timeline concerns are overblown, and why it made sense for the Pacers to do this now
  • How Toronto got here, and why this return feels underwhelming even in the context of Siakam being on an expiring deal
  • The Raptors did well under the circumstances, but they created those circumstances
  • Should they have extended Siakam instead?
  • Should they keep Bruce Brown or flip him?
  • Why tanking probably isn't in the cards
  • At least they finally picked a direction and can move forward with clarity

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