The Toronto Raptors are entering a new era of basketball now that the Kyle Lowry departure is official, and they will assuredly be leaning on the services of Pascal Siakam to give the team stability and quality in this uncertain period. Despite that fact, plenty of teams were supposedly trying to pilfer him away from Toronto.
The Raptors were inundated with trade rumors about Siakam, with the lowly Sacramento Kings and contending Golden State Warriors alike trying to get Toronto to part with one of the best power forwards in the game.
While the Raptors may not be contending for a championship in the short term, Siakam is without question in line to be the main offensive force for this team for the next few years. Despite the fact that Masai Ujiri has hammered home the notion that the Raptors are not going to trade Siakam, Spicy P’s agent had to further dispel those trade myths.
Todd Ramasar claimed in a SiriusXM interview that Siakam is not requesting any sort of move out of Toronto, and the organization has only been reassuring them that no such trade is imminent. If this doesn’t stop all of the Siakam trade rumors out there, I don’t know what will.
The Toronto Raptors aren’t trading Pascal Siakam.
Siakam might’ve had a bit of a down year when compared to what he was able to do in 2019-20, but if 21.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game at age 26 counts as a down season, that speaks to just how valuable and game-changing he can be on the offensive end.
All of these trade rumors smelled like contenders trying to rip the Toronto Raptors off. Sure, Siakam had some struggles last year, and he is recovering from a shoulder injury that could force him to miss the first few games of the regular season, but this is a player one year removed from an All-NBA performance.
Giving up on him for anything less than a superstar in a win-now move would be a miscalculation of the highest magnitude.
GM Bobby Webster mentioned Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and OG Anunoby as the trio that this franchise will build their next champion around, with Scottie Barnes obviously factoring into the mix in a major way. Siakam is the best frontcourt player that the Raptors have had in the post-Bosh era, and he shouldn’t be for sale.
Siakam could give Golden State their best frontcourt piece in years, and Sacramento could find some paint scoring to complement their strong backcourt, but based on everything we’ve heard from both the player, his inner circle, and the organization, he isn’t going anywhere. Tough luck.