This Raptors-Blazers Trade Sends Pascal Siakam To Portland

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With no DeMar DeRozan, no Kawhi Leonard and now no Kyle Lowry, the Toronto Raptors are entering a new era in their franchise’s history. After going 27-45 last NBA season, their worst record since winning just 23 games during the 2011-12 season, the Raptors are now looking ahead to the future with talents like Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam. 

Early on this season, Toronto is 7-6 and looks like a team that is very much in the fold for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but there are still a lot of questions hovering over this organization. Rookie Scottie Barnes has been fantastic and looks like the early favorite to win Rookie of the Year and then OG Anunoby is putting together a solid looking resume for Most Improved Player. 

Along with key talents in Precious Achiuwa, Chris Boucher and Khem Birch in their frontcourt, the Raptors have had a really strong start to the season even though Pascal Siakam did not make his debut until the team’s 11th game of the year. 

Toronto has had a lot of success with Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa leading the way in their frontcourt, so could this lead to the Raptors exploring some trade opportunities for All-Star Pascal Siakam. 

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There was some talk in the offseason about the Raptors possibly hitting the “reset button” and moving their All-Star forward, but no real trade talks ever materialized.

 The Portland Trail Blazers are looking for ways to add more talent around Damian Lillard and as a result, they could be a team highly interested in Siakam should he become available this season. 

Right now, the Raptors seem content with the roster they have, but they will be making some moves ahead of the trade deadline. 

They showed their willingness to make trades at the deadline last year by moving Norman Powell for Gary Trent Jr., and almost moving Kyle Lowry as well, so we should expect nothing less than Masai Ujiri this season. 

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Do the Trail Blazers have what it takes to possibly pull off a big blockbuster trade for Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam? Let’s take a look at what this trade could look like courtesy of Hoops Habit’s Jack Simone

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Brett Siegel joined NBA Analysis Network as an NBA Insider and Journalist in 2020 after previously working with Louisville Basketball and FanSided covering the NBA. He was a member of our staff until April 2022.