Not so long ago, the Toronto Raptors took home their very first championship in franchise history.
However, that success was short-lived, and that one-year wonder they had with Kawhi Leonard is now a thing of the past.
So, with Nick Nurse and Fred VanVleet already out of Canada, reporter Mark Medina claims that Pascal Siakam should be the next in line to leave (via NBACentral).
A Pascal Siakam trade is viewed as ‘inevitable,’ per @MarkG_Medina
“It seems inevitable the Toronto Raptors will deal Siakam. …They expect a strong deal for return in the form of quality rotation players, expiring contracts and draft picks, all qualities that help accelerate a… pic.twitter.com/LelaqUxZ4C
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) August 8, 2023
The insider deemed a Siakam trade “inevitable,” adding that the Raptors expect a big trade package in return with multiple draft picks, rotation players, and expiring deals that could help them speed up their rebuild.
For years, the Raptors have been one of the toughest teams to deal with in the league.
Masai Ujiri doesn’t like to show his hand, and that has led to multiple failed trades, so don’t expect this to be done any time soon.
Ujiri is the kind of negotiator who would rather not do anything unless he’s 100% confident he’s winning that trade, and most GMs around the league don’t usually bode well with that kind of tactic.
But Siakam should still gauge an interesting return, even if it’s not as steep as they would like.
He’s not a franchise player, but he could be a second or third-scoring option for a contender.
He can play at both the four and the five, and his ability to stretch the floor and even put the ball on the floor should be quite valuable for any team looking to add more size and another star to the mix.NEXT: Dennis Schroder Issues Apology To Team Germany Teammate