The Toronto Raptors might need to consider a trade that involves Pascal Siakam in the near future, as doing so would give them some clarity and a clear direction after months of consternation.
The Atlanta Hawks not only need to figure out a way to surround Trae Young with talent and offload the contract of Clint Capela, but the Dallas Mavericks could stand to add one more big name in the frontcourt. Starting a rookie in Dereck Lively II might not be the best course of action for them.
Those two desires could be the best way to get the Raptors interested in giving away Siakam despite his resistance. Tyler Watts at The Smoking Cuban crafted a very interesting three-way trade that helps Siakam land in Atlanta while the Raptors retool for the future.
Grade the Trade: Raptors trade Pascal Siakam in three-team deal
The Hawks would get a game-changer in Siakam, who would instantly be the best teammate that Young has had in his career. Fresh off a two-season stretch that included an All-Star and All-NBA nod in two separate campaigns, Siakam is at the peak of his offensive powers right now.
Dallas would land Capela, who had been blocking Onyeka Okongwu from playing time. He is still a double-double machine the Mavericks would like. However, if the Raptors truly want to jump-start a rebuild, they may have landed some very desirable assets with which to do so.
Hunter seems like the perfect player for Toronto to acquire in a Siakam deal due to his style of play, and he could be a part of the new-look Raptors that eventually turns into a contending team. Hardaway is streaky as anything, but he can still fill it up. Getting two first-round picks for a player with one year left on his deal can be viewed as a massive win.
The only thing stopping this trade from getting the highest marks possible is the fact that some of Atlanta’s cheaper, younger talent, like Jalen Johnson or Kobe Bufkin, were not included in this deal. Still, getting four draft picks (two firsts) and two very good starters in this league for a player with one year left on his contract is a tremendous return package.