Knicks, Pacers finalizing trade for Obi Toppin

The Knicks have an agreement to send Obi Toppin to the Indiana Pacers in a trade, SNY’s Ian Begley confirmed. New York is recovering two future second-round players, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who added that the deal cannot be completed until Thursday.

The Pacers, according to Begley, are “excited to have a young, athletic player in Obi Toppin who fits into the timeline of ‘fellow youngsters Tyrese Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin’ and could be a complementary piece up front with Myles Turner.”

“I’m sure Toppin is excited about the Indy opportunity,” added Begley. Begley initially reported Friday night that the Knicks and Pacers had recently discussed a Toppin trade, with New York asking for draft pay. As Begley noted, “This would allow the Knicks to cut $6.8 million from their total 2023-24 salaries.”