Blockbuster Trade Proposal Sends Kyle Kuzma To Pacers, Buddy Hield, Obi Toppin To Wizards

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One NBA writer is proposing that the Indiana Pacers trade Obi Toppin and Buddy Hield to the Washington Wizards for Kyle Kuzma in a blockbuster deal. Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report proposed the following trade idea between the Wizards and Pacers:

Trade idea: Washington Wizards trade Kyle Kuzma to Indiana Pacers for Buddy Hield, Obi Toppin and 2024 first-round pick (top-four protected)

“An in-prime player like Kuzma doesn’t do much for a rebuilder, but he could be coveted by the Pacers if they think they’re only a power forward away from leaping up the Eastern Conference ladder,” Buckley wrote in his latest NBA trade column. “Washington would be wise to examine as many today-for-tomorrow trades as possible, and this would deliver on that front.

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“Toppin is a recent top-10 pick (No. 8 in 2020) who could flourish now that he’s out from behind Julius Randle. This lightly protected first-rounder could have significant value, as it’d be coming from a club that’s made three consecutive lottery appearances. Hield would be included here for salary-matching purposes, but the Wizards could shop him around to any shooting-needy buyers to squeeze additional assets out of this deal.”

Kuzma played in 64 games for the Wizards in 2022-23. The swingman averaged 21.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 44.8% overall, 33.3% from 3-point land and 73.0% from the foul line. Kuzma, who won the 2020 NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers, signed a four-year, $90 million contract with the Wizards this offseason.

Toppin averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists last season for the New York Knicks in 67 games while shooting 44.6% overall, 34.4% from 3 and 80.9% from the foul line. The Knicks traded Toppin to the Pacers this offseason.

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Finally, Hield is one of the best shooters of all time. He was second in the NBA last season in 3-point field goals (288) and shot 42.5% from beyond the arc. The 30-year-old Oklahoma product is a career 40.2% shooter from 3-point land, which is good for 39th in NBA history. Hield averaged 16.8 points for the Pacers last season.

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