The Indiana Pacers were busy during the first day of free agency adding one of the most sought after names in free agency. Yet, if you remember, earlier in the day there had been a report that the Pacers were finalizing a trade of sending Chris Duarte to Sacramento.
However, over twelve hours later the deal still had yet to be finalized and fans were wondering if there was a reason for the delay. And it appears that the Pacers were working on other deals at the same time.
The Pacers are currently finalizing a trade for Obi Toppin in a deal with the New York Knicks per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Two second round picks would be a great value for Obi Toppin, and they are likely second round picks that will be acquired from the Chris Duarte trade. Thus, there is a high likelihood that when all of this shakes out, the Pacers will have essentially flipped Chris Duarte for Obi Toppin, a great flip if you ask me.
Toppin is the perfect short-term fix for the power forward spot.
Obi Toppin never got the opportunity in New York to have a full time role with the Knicks and in Indiana, he should immediately get the playing time he desperately needed in New York but never got the chance to have.
When he actually is on the floor, Toppin has been relatively productive and could look amazing in a high-flying offense alongside of Tyrese Haliburton. While he may never pan out to be a star for the Pacers, he could certainly fill the gap of a short-term fix alongside of Jarace Walker until Walker is ready to become the long-term Pacers starter.
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