The potential for a big-time trade featuring Raptors forward Pascal Siakam appears to be losing steam. According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, Siakam is happy in Toronto and there is not pressure to complete a move in the immediate future.
Amick explained that the Raptors are still open to inquiries, but they are exercising patience.
Based on conversations with several people close to the situation in Vegas, I’d venture to say no — at least for now. They will continue to listen to the calls that come their way, which is no different from what the recently re-signed Masai Ujiri (now president and vice chairman) and general manager Bobby Webster have always done.
Amick went on to compare Siakam’s situation with the perceived unrest emanating from Damian Lillard and Ben Simmons.
But in stark contrast to the Ben Simmons situation in Philadelphia or the Damian Lillard saga in Portland, it appears there is no uncomfortableness or pressure on the Siakam front, in large part, because sources say he still wants to be in Toronto, especially after being away for a season while playing in Tampa. And yes, for the many people who wondered, that remains the case even after the Raptors drafted Scottie Barnes fourth overall and then said goodbye to Kyle Lowry in free agency (via sign-and-trade to Miami).
Last season, Siakam averaged 21.4 points per game in 56 regular season outings. His superb work in the 2019-20 season earned Siakam his first All-Star Game bid. Siakam is under contract with the Raptors through the 2023-24 season.
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