It has been an eventful offseason for the Portland Trail Blazers with much of it being noise about superstar Damian Lillard potentially forcing his way out of town. That hasn’t happened but the team still has work to do after not making a splash in either the NBA Draft or free agency.
The Trail Blazers managed to make some helpful pickups in free agency by adding some complementary pieces like Cody Zeller, Ben McLemore, and Tony Snell, but those are not the type of moves that will move the needle by any stretch.
Going above and beyond ‘value additions’ is something the Trail Blazers may need to do in order to show Lillard that competing at the highest level is what the front office is wanting to do.
Could attempting to pull off a trade for Pascal Siakam send the right message ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season to Lillard that Portland means business when it comes to contending?
The Raptors took Scottie Barnes with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and could justify making a trade to net value for a rebuild. However, do the Trail Blazers even have the right pieces to make an offer of that nature to entice Toronto into making a deal?
With that being said, let’s take a look at an NBA trade scenario from Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz centered around Pascal Siakam that features him being sent from the Toronto Raptors to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Portland Trail Blazers Receive: F Pascal Siakam
Toronto Raptors Receive: G Anfernee Simons, F Nassir Nittle, F Robert Covington, F Derrick Jones Jr., 2022 first-round pick (top-10 protected), 2024 first-round pick (top-10 protected)
There are a fair amount of moving parts involved in this particular NBA trade scenario. While Pascal Siakam would be the lone player sent to the Portland Trail Blazers, there would be four total players and two future protected first-round picks making their way to the Toronto Raptors.
The return for Siakam would be headlined by the young point guard Anfernee Simons, who is set to be a restricted free agent next offseason. He is coming off a season with averages of 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in what was his third year in the NBA.