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Report: Obi Toppin to sign new contract with Pacers – Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indiana Traffic

Report: Obi Toppin to sign new contract with Pacers – Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indiana Traffic

Report: Obi Toppin to sign new contract with Pacers – Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indiana Traffic

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana Pacers forward Obi Toppin had the best year of his NBA career last season.

He averaged 10.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game during the regular season, his first year at Indiana. He also played in the most regular season games of any Pacers player this year, with 82 games.

He entered this year’s free agency period as a restricted free agent. And on Sunday there was some clarity about what his future plans are.

Toppin will reportedly sign a four-year, $60 million deal with the Pacers, keeping him in Indy, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

After the 2023-24 season ended, Pacers general manager Chad Buchanan was asked about Toppin and the impact he had on the Pacers during his first season in the Circle City.

“I thought Obi had a fantastic year for us,” Buchanan said. “He brings a lot of things that we look for in qualities in a person. He loves being in the gym. He loves being part of a team. He brings a great attitude, a great smile and great contagious energy every day, which contributes to your culture and your team vibe.”

The eighth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft joined the Pacers before last season after playing his first three NBA seasons with the New York Knicks.

“I think it really developed as the year went on,” Buchanan said. “We thought he would fit well on the team that played fast. So it was”.

Toppin’s numbers improved during the postseason, when he averaged 10.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game during the 2024 NBA Playoffs.

NBA teams can begin negotiating with free agents starting at 6 p.m. EDT on Sunday. They may begin signing free agents officially as early as July 6.