Heading into Important Offseason, Raptors Make Siakam Available in Trade
The Toronto Raptors are two years removed from their championship run.
If the Raptors are to return to the NBA Finals stage in the very near future, they may need to do it with a completely different cast of characters.
With Kyle Lowry set to enter free agency this Summer, the Toronto Raptors have also made former All-Star Pascal Siakam available in trade conversation according to sources close to Bleacher Report. The Raptors have been one of the more active teams in trade talks ahead of the 2021 NBA Draft, being linked with names such as Ben Simmons and 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 pre-draft 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,” BR’s NBA reporter Jake Fischer noted.
With Masai Ujiri’s future with the organization still uncertain, the Raptors front office is in an interesting spot and after a disappointing 2020-2021 season, the time to do some reshuffling may very well be right now. With Lowry seemingly headed for greener pastures, Siakam is coming off a somewhat down season after an All-Star level 2019-20 year but could still provide the Raptors with some value in trade conversation.
Across 56 games played in the COVID-19 shortened season, Siakam averaged 21.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.