The Toronto Raptors appear to be speeding toward a sell-off of some degree, with names like Pascal Siakam among the possible players who could be sent away in a hypothetical swap. The Sacramento Kings might be willing to sate Toronto’s desire for a deal if they progress to that point.
The Kings, per Shams Charania of The Athletic, are starting to gather up the assets needed to make a run a star player. Siakam, fellow Raptors stud OG Anunoby, and Chicago Bulls trade chip Zach LaVine are among the players who have been mentioned as targets for Monte McNair and Mike Brown.
Siakam slotting into the power forward spot in Sacramento alongside a double-double machine in Domantas Sabonis and an All-Star point guard in De’Aaron Fox would give the Kings one of the best offenses in the league. The window is opening, and they need to capitalize.
Outside of the Sabonis deal, the Kings have yet to go all-in in the name of finding another star that can take them from fringe contenders to playoff locks. If they can’t get a deal done by themselves, why not get a third team like the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have a stockpile of picks to offer, on the horn?
This Toronto Raptors-Sacramento Kings 3-team trade involves Pascal Siakam
The Kings would get a game-changer that could slot right into what is already a dynamic offense. Getting free agents to come to Sacramento is always a challenge, and this move makes it easier for them to bring in someone who can make a difference.
The Thunder have cornered the market on draft picks, but you can't compose a roster entirely out of young first-round picks. Cashing some of those picks in to get a deadeye bench gunner in Monk and a battle-tested veteran with postseason experience in Barnes could be the best move for them in the short term.
The Raptors would get a potential long-term building block in Murray, who would always be relegated to third fiddle (at best) in Sacramento while getting more shooting and perimeter defense in Dort. The Bertans contract isn't ideal, but there are ways to move off it quickly if Ujiri is forward-thinking.
While it might be tough for fans to see a player like Siakam play somewhere that isn't Toronto after all he's done for this franchise. keeping this team together as currently constructed is very difficult. This move would at least let Toronto restock the cupboards with assets that can help build a team around Scottie Barnes.