The trade rumors continue to swirl around Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam. The Atlanta Hawks have been in contact with the Raps in regard to a potential deal for the Cameroonian, but it appears another team has also entered the fray: The Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers have reportedly reached out to Toronto, who continues to “gauge the market” for their best player, according to Michael Grange of SportsNet:
“Per league sources, the Raptors are still listening, trying to gauge the market value for their leading scorer and leading returning – in theory – playmaker. Atlanta remains a possibility and Indiana has also reached out.”
Marc Stein also had this to say about Indy's interest:
“The Pacers' offseason has already been a busy one, headlined by their splashy signing of Bruce Brown away from Denver, their draft selection of Houston’s Jarace Walker and a trade for the Knicks’ Obi Toppin. But Siakam is a two-time All-Star and would represent a premier trade target for Indiana to potentially place beside face of the franchise Tyrese Haliburton, who recently received a max contract extension that could be worth up to $260 million.”
Recent reports suggest that Siakam wants to stay in the 6ix. He's eligible for a four-year max deal worth nearly $200 million this summer, but it remains to be seen if the Raptors will put that on the table. They're clearly still figuring out if keeping Siakam is the right move or not.
The Pacers are an intriguing suitor, though. They have quite a few draft picks at their disposal to use in a trade. But considering Siakam makes around $37 million per season, either Buddy Hield or Myles Turner would have to be involved in a deal. Since Turner recently signed an extension, though, it's more likely that Hield is the one who may be moved.
This is all hearsay at this point, though. For now, Pascal Siakam remains a Raptor and doesn't want to be anywhere else but Toronto. However, if the franchise receives a tantalizing enough offer, he could find himself in a new jersey by the time the 2023-24 season begins.