The Toronto Raptors have already sent OG Anunoby away before his impending free agency, and they might be ready to do the same with former All-NBA forward Pascal Siakam. With extension talks seemingly beginning to stall, Siakam has found himself in the crosshairs of contenders like the Dallas Mavericks.
Dallas seems like an odd trade partner at first glance. The depth on this team is already not amazing, Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving will dominate the ball, and the relatively subpar combination of draft picks at their disposal makes them less flexible in what they could offer for Pascal.
Siakam in Dallas would give them one of the top Big Threes in the game, and they have such a cavalier front office that extending him and rolling with this King Ghidorah lightning Hydra of offensive talent is by no means out of the question. Will Nico Harrison be able to give Toronto an offer they desire?
With teams like the Indiana Pacers hot on Siakam's tail as the rumors continue to grow, Dallas will need to give away these three players in trade talks if they want to prove to Ujiri and the Raptors they are serious about potentially adding Siakam for their future championship runs.
3 Dallas Mavericks the Toronto Raptors must target in Pascal Siakam talks.
3. PF Olivier-Maxence Prosper
While Dallas used the No. 24 pick in the draft on the former Marquette star, he is certainly not going to be considered an immutable part of their future. With the Mavs hypothetically adding another power forward in Siakam, OMP's value to the rotation would be much more limited than it was before.
Prosper is another developmental project, as he had just one year in college where he hit double figures per game in scoring and has only received limited playing time in the pros this year. Even after getting rid of Precious Achiuwa, relapsing back into old habits and adding a player with a similar skillset could appeal to Ujiri.
The Toronto Raptors covet players like Olivier-Maxence Prosper.
Prosper is a quality athlete who can defend. Where he differs from Achiuwa is the fact he was a much better interior finisher in college. Prosper might need a change of scenery, as his NBA playing time has generally been relegated to situations where the outcome has been decided.
If Prosper booms, he could help Toronto guard against two aging power forwards, Chris Boucher and Thad Young. Even with Dallas running out of picks to trade, adding the former Golden Eagle can be viewed as essentially taking a Top 25 talent without nominally acquiring a 2024 pick.