Raptors, Blazers Working on Potential Siakam for McCollum Trade
After an up-and-down season for the Toronto Raptors, former All-Star Pascal Siakam is hearing his name come up in plenty of trade rumours this offseason.
There is one rumour in particular starting to pick up some buzz.
According to reports, the Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers are discussing a framework for a trade that would be centred around Siakam for the sharp-shooting guard CJ McCollum. Those talks are still said to be in their early stages at best, but it is definitely an option worth keeping our collective eyes on.
The belief around the league is that with the selection of Scottie Barnes at No. 4 in this past week’s NBA Draft, some rival executives believe Siakam is now more expendable for a team looking to get younger. Siakam signed a four-year, $130-million extension with the Raptors in 2019 and is under team control up until 2024.
Similarly, McCollum is signed on through 2024 as well after agreeing to a three-year, $100 million extension with the Blazers.
In 56 games this past season, Siakam averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists, taking on more of a play-making role with Kyle Lowry missing time due to injury. Meanwhile, the 29-year old McCollum had another solid season with the Blazers, averaging 18.9 points per game while shooting 40-percent from beyond the arc.
There would surely be secondary pieces sent both ways, but nevertheless, an interesting concept both the Raptors and Blazers are looking into.