The NBA Offseason is always fueled by trade rumors, and this offseason is no different. Aside from the Damian Lillard and James Harden trade sagas, another big star might be on the move, and that star is Pascal Siakam.
According to Mark Stein and his newsletter, The Stein Line (subscription required), "Pascal Siakam could be moved before one or both...," in reference to Lillard and Harden, respectively.
Siakam is heading into the last year of the four-year $130 million extension he signed in 2019. He is owed $38 million this upcoming season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in the 2024 offseason. Before Siakam reaches unrestricted free agency, the Toronto Raptors may want to think about trading the two-time All-star.
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Since being drafted 27th by the Raptors in 2016, Siakam has quickly ascended to NBA stardom. In his rookie season, he averaged only 4.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.3 assists despite starting 38 games. Additionally, Siakam only made one three-pointer in seven attempts.
Flash forward to the 2018-19 season, and Siakam looked like an above-average role player. He finished that season with averages of 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 37% from three. Siakam earned the NBA's Most Improved Player award that season while playing second fiddle to Kawhi Leonard during Toronto's championship run.
Siakam really took off in the 2019-20 season. His averages spiked once again as he averaged 22.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.2 threes made per game on a 36% shooting clip.
Although Siakam has become a dominant two-way force for the Raptors, winning hasn't coincided. The Raptors have failed to make a deep playoff run despite two winning seasons since their championship season.
The Raptors have fired former Coach of the Year Nick Nurse, traded franchise stalwart Kyle Lowry, acquired additional young talent, and maintained future draft picks in recent years, but Siakam remains on the roster.
Toronto may finally feel it's time to go in a different direction. Rather than being stuck in purgatory between a finals contender and a bottom feeder, it may be time for the Raptors to tear it down.
The Canadian squad is full of young talent, especially on the wing. Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby, Gary Trent Jr., and recent draft pick Gradey Dick are all a part of the team.
With the Raptors looking to make a change, the Mavs could get involved to smooth things over. The Hawks have been known suitors for Siakam for quite some time. But with Dejounte Murray off the table after recently signing an extension, how else can the Hawks get this trade done?
Here we will discuss a three-team trade involving Dallas, Toronto, and Atlanta.