3 teams Raptors should avoid trading with as Pascal Siakam rumors heat up

The Raptors need to get the best deal possible.

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2. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are always on the lookout for stars to pair alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and ownership is always willing to write a big enough check to do so. While they have been connected to some of the usual suspects like Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, an attempt for Siakam or OG Anunoby can't be ruled out.

The Lakers have usually been more than willing to make trades for big names and worry about fit later, as seen by the Russell Westbrook move. Siakam might be much less effective alongside James and Davis, but if you think the idea of duct-taping most of the bench together to grab Siakam hasn't entered Rob Pelinka's mind, that might be naive.

Will the Los Angeles Lakers chase Pascal Siakam?

Being a Lakers bench/role player has to be one of the most unusual jobs in the NBA. While the fanbase rarely seems to be satisfied with their performance and always advocates for a new star to come in, those same players get touted as royalty when thrown into hypothetical trades.

Names like D'Angelo Russell, Rui Hachimura, and Cam Reddish have all put together solid moments on tape this year, it'll be hard to envision a world where all of them are available. If Ujiri wants a solid draft pick haul for Siakam, LA's barren cupboards might make them a tough partner.