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Former Pacers guard Bruce Brown has team option exercised by Toronto, could be trade candidate

Former Pacers guard Bruce Brown has team option exercised by Toronto, could be trade candidate

Former Pacers guard Bruce Brown has team option exercised by Toronto, could be trade candidate

On June 28, the Toronto Raptors exercised the team option on point guard Bruce Brown’s contract for the 2024-25 season. That date was the deadline for the Raptors to make a decision on the future of Brown’s contract.

The Raptors opted to exercise the option, meaning Brown will have a $23 million cap hit next season. The 27-year-old signed his current contract last summer when he agreed to a two-year, $45 million deal with the Indiana Pacers. The second year contained the option and made Brown’s contract highly negotiable.

Indiana ended up trading Brown. He was traded to the Raptors in the deal that allowed the Pacers to sign Pascal Siakam, and Siakam has agreed to re-sign with the blue and gold this offseason. Three first-round draft picks and Jordan Nwora also went to Toronto.

Brown averaged 12.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game with the Pacers. His numbers and efficiency fell off against a Raptors team that wasn’t up to par, but he still had a solid season. His expiring contract is an asset in trades, and Brown’s production makes him a potentially attractive player for contenders.

All of that had to play a role in the Raptors picking up Brown’s team option. When Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Toronto would keep the veteran point guard and put a note in his Tweet about a possible transaction.

“The Toronto Raptors are picking up the $23 million option on point guard Bruce Brown’s contract, sources said. ESPN“Brown will be a valuable trade asset on an expiring contract for the Raptors,” Wojnarowski’s first tweet read. He later added more. “Brown’s agents, Ty Sullivan and Steven Heumann of (Creative Arts Agency), negotiated the 2-year, $45 million deal with Indiana before the Pascal Siakam trade was finalized. (The Raptors) by picking up the option get the full value of Brown’s deal and he is now likely to become part of a trade this summer or during the season.”

The six-year pro won a title with the Denver Nuggets in 2022-23 and has proven to be a valuable NBA player. He can help a number of teams, including the Raptors, next season. A trade certainly makes sense for a younger group in Toronto, but that roster could be good enough to make the Play-In tournament next season.

“I think Bruce prides himself on being a resourceful guy and being able to adapt to pretty much any situation in the NBA,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said of Brown last season. “He never complains, he always finds a way to get the job done. That’s meant a lot to our team this year.”