Grading the trade for the Toronto Raptors
Although the Toronto Raptors lose one of their franchise cornerstones in this trade in Pascal Siakam, they gain multiple young players to add to their core and two bench pieces that thrive in their roles.
Considering Siakam is on an expiring contract, this move makes sense for Toronto if they have a feeling that he will sign elsewhere over the summer. Getting something for him rather than nothing is important, and although they could get more for him through trading with a different team, this trade package has some good qualities.
Tim Hardaway Jr. has arguably been the best bench scorer in the NBA this season and has been a top candidate for Sixth Man of the Year. He would be a great piece for Toronto's second unit, and Maxi Kleber can supply 3-point shooting and defense if he can return to his peak form.
Two more intriguing pieces in this trade are Olivier-Maxence Prosper and Jaden Hardy. Both players would come off the bench, and Hardy has the potential to be an elite 3-point shooter off the bench one day, while Prosper has all the tools to be a do-it-all wing.
Potential starting lineup: Scottie Barnes, Immanuel Quickly, RJ Barrett, Chris Boucher, Jakob Poeltl
Toronto receives a B for this trade as they land two veteran pieces and two young building blocks for the future. They don't land a first-round pick in this deal, but if Siakam were to force his way to Dallas, then maybe they could get the Raptors to agree to this deal.