1. Get at least two first-round picks
With the Hunter/Griffin package looking quite intriguing for the Raptors, the reason the trade was turned down has to be related to the lack of quality draft capital. With OG Anunoby having stayed in Toronto for similar reasons, it is clear as to what Ujiri is valuing in these talks.
The Raptors need at least two first-round picks for Siakam. Ideally, one of them would be unprotected, and the other would have some very light protections on it. This would let Ujiri restock the cupboard with cheap, young talent who could evolve into his next Siakam.
The Toronto Raptors need draft picks for Pascal Siakam.
The Raptors are trading Siakam at an odd time. While inferior role players have been traded for multiple first-round picks in recent months, the new CBA and penalties for spending a ton of money might make teams less willing to part ways with those incredibly precious assets.
Given the challenges that Toronto faces when it comes to signing free agents, and the impending big contract coming Scottie Barnes’ way, Ujiri prioritizing first-round picks is a wise undertaking. While Atlanta gave up a ton to get Dejounte Murray, they still have tradeable picks left.