2. An extension or a trade for Pascal Siakam
The Raptors have chosen to stick themselves in a prison of their own making, refusing to close the deal on a trade that would take them into the contender tier and also choosing not to rebuild. With Siakam and OG Anunoby free agents next year, Toronto needs to plant their flag somewhere.
Siakam seemingly wants to stay in Toronto. When trade rumors were flying around him in the offseason, Siakam’s camp seemed to make it known that he would not sign an extension with any team that trades for him. The unrequited loyalty is strange for the famously devoted Raptors.
Pascal Siakam must be taken care of by the Toronto Raptors.
A Siakam extension would be one of the most unanimously celebrated developments in recent Raptors history, as an elite player at the peak of his powers would be rewarded for his standout play. If he takes to Rajakovic’s offense, he could easily lead this team to the postseason.
If the Raptors decide that an expensive nine-million-dollar contract is not the best option for them moving forward, they need to be proactive and get a haul for him in a trade. Keeping him, struggling in averageness, and losing him would turn the fanbase into a unanimously furious cacophony.