NBA rumors: Warriors not including disgruntled forward in Pascal Siakam talks

A trade might be hard to finalize without this player.

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The Toronto Raptors have been courting Pascal Siakam trade offers around the league for what seems like the entire season. Now that the OG Anunoby trade has been finalized, Toronto seems ready to kick this pursuit into overdrive. However, teams like the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors don't seem to be as accommodating of the Raptors' wishes.

The Kings seem to be out on Siakam, as Toronto's desire to add a long-term piece like former No. 4 pick Keegan Murray has proven to be too rich for a player who could be a free agent at the end of this season. Perhaps the Warriors might be a bit more accommodating.

Masai Ujiri clearly has his eye on Jonathan Kuminga, a former Top 10 pick three years ago who has very publicly complained about head coach Steve Kerr and his lack of playing time. While he might be disgruntled, and he would represent solid value for Siakam, Golden State is not interested in moving him.

According to Michael Grange of Sportsnet, the Warriors are hesitant to include Kuminga in any trade for Siakam. This may lead to trade talks running dry with Golden State as well, as the Raptors seem unwilling to entertain any trade without a tremendous young player coming back to Toronto.

NBA rumors: Warriors not trading Jonathan Kuminga for Raptors' Pascal Siakam.

The 21-year-old Kuminga is averaging 12.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in his third season despite all of his limitations in the rotation. His shot hasn't developed, but his raw talent has helped him become such an effective scorer that the issue hasn't been crippling.

Andrew Wiggins would likely be coming back to Toronto in order to make the money work, but the Raptors need more than that. A package headlined by Kuminga and Moses Moody would be tremendous, but Golden State seems unwilling to pull the trigger for Siakam.

If they can get some assurance from Siakam's camp that he will sign an extension with them, perhaps things could be different. As it stands right now, however, moving multiple prized young players for a rental when the team is not close to contention seems unappealing for Golden State.

The Warriors will eventually need to pick a direction with Moody and Kuminga. They can either tear it down and begin the next era or keep rolling with the oldies and send them on their way. Choosing the latter might be what helps the Raptors finally nail down a Siakam trade.

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