Raptors news: West contender eyeing Pascal Siakam trade, Raps want Hawks PF

The Siakam trade market is heating up.

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The Toronto Raptors shook up their roster in a big way right before the end of 2023. OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn are all headed to the New York Knicks, with RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley coming to Canada. Pascal Siakam, meanwhile, remains out there in the rumor mill.

With the Raptors seemingly moving towards a rebuild around Scottie Barnes and Siakam due a ton of money in the offseason, it seems logical to get a tremendous haul of young players and draft picks if they want to go all-in on a young core that will steady their ship for the next few years.

The Atlanta Hawks and Indiana pacers have been mentioned as potential Siakam landing spots with tiresome regularity, though a new contender has entered the mix. According to Michael Grange of Sportsnet, the Dallas Mavericks are likely going to throw their hat in the ring for the former All-NBA forward.

While the true quality of Dallas' tradable assets can be called into question the combination of new ownership, a desire to maximize both Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, and the suddenly deep Western Conference might be just enough to force the Mavs to build one of the best big threes in the league.

More Raptors news

  • The Hawks are still in on Siakam, but they may have to give up one of their best players. The Raptors are coveting former Duke star Jalen Johnson, a 6-9 power forward who is averaging 14.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in his third season, in any Siakam trade, but Atlanta does not want to surrender that piece.
  • Barrett and Quickley will have their first Raptors media availability in an introductory press conference at 11:00 a.m. ET on Monday. Given the state of this Raptors offense, Barrett and Quickley will both be expected to come right in and immediately provide a spark of improved 3-point shooting and half-court creativity.

NBA news

  • Former Miami Heat All-Star point guard and Raptors villain Goran Dragic will retire after a 15-year career. The high-scoring Slovenian point guard played for seven teams, though his best years were spent with the Heat and Phoenix Suns. All those fanbases (except for Toronto) will be sad to see him go.
  • The Golden State Warriors, per Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, would be willing to pursue a trade for veteran forward Andrew Wiggins enough of a market develops. Considering that Wiggins is just a few years removed from being a tertiary scorer on a championship team and an All-Star selection, the fact he has been benched marks a fall from grace.

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