The Toronto Raptors have aspirations of pursuing a star talent and it could result in a player like Pascal Siakam being moved to a new team. The team flamed out in a major way in the 2020-21 NBA season after previously being competitive. Could this result in a major shakeup?
According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, Pascal Siakam is ‘considered available’ in trade talks with the Raptors as the team pursues avenues to land an All-Star like Bradley Beal or Damian Lillard.
Toronto, for example, could offer a package centered on the No. 4 selection and Pascal Siakam, who’s considered available for trade by sources around the league. The Raptors have been categorized as one of the most active teams in predraft trade chatter, exploring all avenues from swapping their pick in a deal for an All-Star such as Beal or Damian Lillard to trading back and recouping more draft capital to embrace a post-Kyle Lowry rebuild.
Ever since the departure of Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors have lacked the necessary starpower to compete at a high-level. Many felt as though that would not be a problem due to the collective impact of the unit but that proved to be quite wrong. Now, the team holds the No. 4 pick in 2021 NBA Draft and is looking to return to prominence in the Eastern Conference.
There will be a variety of key players available to pursue that could take the Raptors to the next level. Among them include Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal if either player ends up following through with a trade request as some have speculated.
Could Pascal Siakam be of interest to either the Portland Trail Blazers or Washington Wizards in the event they were to move on from their superstar? It doesn’t seem that logical when considering he is already 27-years-old and is far from being one of the NBA’s true elite players.
Related NBA Stories
PREDICTIONS FOR LATEST NBA RUMORS: Some of the NBA’s top stars have found themselves being included in rumors ahead of free agency and in trade talks as of late. Whether it’s a superstar like Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard or Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal who may want to land elsewhere to win at a higher level, or a star who recently has struggled like Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons or Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis, there’s plenty of storylines to monitor. We make predictions for each of the latest rumors that are taking the NBA by storm. READ MORE.
KYLE LOWRY EYEING LAKERS: Ahead of NBA free agency, Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry has been linked to a variety of different teams between the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, and Dallas Mavericks among others. Most recently, he has been mentioned as having interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers and it would require a sign-and-trade. Will the Lakers end up replacing Dennis Schroder by pulling off a deal for Lowry? READ MORE.