The interest in Toronto Raptors’ star Pascal Siakam has piqued the curiosity of the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks, as reported by Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic.
The Raptors, on the other hand, have actively engaged in trade talks with the Indiana Pacers for Siakam. The potential deal includes Bruce Brown Jr., other salaries, and three first-round draft picks, according to The Athletic.
John Hollinger provided insights on the trade talks, suggesting that a package involving Brown-Nwora-Toppin could achieve a salary match. The Sacramento Kings had also been among the suitors for Siakam, but they decided to withdraw from the conversations in recent weeks. Meanwhile, talks between the Raptors and Pacers have gained momentum.
Pascal Siakam, at 29, is among the top names on the trade market leading up to the February 8 deadline, alongside players like Zach LaVine and Dejounte Murray. Siakam’s potential availability stems from his impending unrestricted free agency this summer and the Raptors’ focus on rebuilding around a young core comprising Scottie Barnes, Immanuel Quickley, and RJ Barrett.
The Golden State Warriors, currently struggling with an 18-22 record, are contemplating the acquisition of Siakam to inject vitality into their roster, which features an aging core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. The proposed trade would likely involve sending Chris Paul, Jonathan Kuminga, and draft capital to match Siakam’s $37.8 million contract. However, this move is not without its challenges, risking the departure of an up-and-coming player like Kuminga and potentially necessitating adjustments to the team dynamic.
For the Dallas Mavericks, adding another scoring threat behind Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving makes strategic sense. The Mavericks, with a 24-17 record, may need to craft a deal that aligns with Toronto’s preferences. Speculations suggest a combination of veteran contracts and promising young players like Dereck Lively II, Jaden Hardy, and/or Josh Green could be part of a potential deal. As it stands, the momentum seems to favor the Pacers in the race to secure Siakam’s services.