Raptors news: Hawks nearly had Pascal Siakam deal, two-way signing cut

Pascal Siakam is once again being linked to Atlanta.
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With every game the Toronto Raptors lose, including a painful loss against the Charlotte Hornets despite LaMelo Ball's injury and Scottie Barnes' career night, the rumors of a Pascal Siakam trade are going to get louder. They won't cease as the wins become harder to come by.

With Toronto seemingly testing the waters for a Siakam trade in the past, such a move wouldn't be surprising to this fanbase anymore. Toronto has been very open about building around Barnes, and the Atlanta Hawks seem like one of many teams that could take Masai Ujiri up on that offer.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the rumblings connecting Siakam to Atlanta appear to have been quite strong, as there was a finite offer on the table. Toronto denied the offer, but they may need to revisit if they keep spiraling down the standings.

"Atlanta felt like they were close and that they had a good, a pretty good package for Pascal Siakam last summer in July," Charania said. " There [were] some pretty intense conversations back and forth with a deal centered around De'Andre Hunter, AJ Griffin, and draft compensation and the deal did not get done so we will see as we get closer over the next several months." 

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  • The Raptors cut ties with two-way signing Ron Harper Jr. after a season-ending injury. Toronto signed Jontay Porter, a 6-9 low-post big who is the brother of Nuggets star Michael Porter jr, to replace him. Harper didn't seem discouraged by the setback, as he thanked the Raptors for everything they gave him and said he was "forever grateful" for his experience.

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