The Toronto Raptors are basically saying that they’re not open to trading Pascal Siakam unless someone blows them away. Translation: if some team gives them exactly what they’re looking for, Siakam could be on the move.
While he and the Raptors are coming off a tumultuous season, Siakam is a highly impactful and compelling player. Siakam does a little bit of everything on the court. He defends well, can put the ball on the floor, hits the boards, moves the ball and has a capable jump shot and post game. Last season, the 27-year-old averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
It’ll cost a considerable haul to attain Siakam via trade, as he hasn’t even entered the prime of his NBA career. Recent reports state that the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers are “enamored” with Siakam.
Working under the mindset that a trade is possible, here’s how the aforementioned three teams stack up against each other in terms of Pascal Siakam being a fit in their system.
3) Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are in a tough spot. Kawhi Leonard will likely miss most of next season due to an ACL injury, subsequently hampering their chances of winning the Western Conference. Pascal Siakam would be a major enhancement for their championship aspirations.
Siakam would feed off Paul George’s scoring prowess, getting open looks from all over the floor and almost serving as a point forward/center for head coach Tyronn Lue’s offense. The Clippers impressed without Leonard in the playoffs, closing out the Utah Jazz in the second round, which included overcoming a 25-point deficit in a closeout Game 6, and then taking the Phoenix Suns to six games in the ensuing round.
If they’re respectable on both ends of the floor with Siakam, the Clippers could still be a force in the West without Leonard. In the scenario that the latter gets on the floor before the playoffs begin, that gives the Clippers a legitimate Big Three with Leonard, George and Siakam. Lue would have length, defense and an ability to score in three players.
A Western Conference contender’s lifespan can be short-lived. Acquiring Siakam keeps the Clippers’ championship hopes alive a few more seasons. The problem? Trading Siakam would gut the Clippers’ roster and future draft capital, which they already did two years ago to acquire Paul George.