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RUMOR: The wrench in any trade talks for Raptors’ Pascal Siakam

Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Pascal Siakam, Masai Ujiri

With a flurry of deals happening in this year’s offseason, a lot of rumors have been swirling around. Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam’s name has constantly been popping up in trade rumors recently.

After the Raptors traded Kyle Lowry to the Heat and drafted Florida State’s Scottie Barnes with the fourth overall pick, Siakam’s time with the Raptors could be coming to an end as the they are looking for a full rebuild.

It is worth noting that the Raptors and president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri has not yet agreed on a contract extension. Teams might be hesitant to pull the trigger since Ujiri’s future with the Raptors is still uncertain.

It is reported that the Sacramento Kings are interested in acquiring Siakam but are still waiting for clarity regarding the Raptors’ front office, per The Athletic’s Sam Amick.

Pascal Siakam worked his way up to earn a rotation spot with the Toronto after playing a minimal role with them in his first two seasons. He then broke out in the 2018-2019 season averaging 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. He won the NBA Most Improved Player award and the NBA Championship in that very same season.

As for Masai Ujiri, he is the mastermind behind Toronto’s only title in franchise history. He risked it all and traded fan-favorite and superstar DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

After the Raptors’ one year rental with Leonard, Siakam became the focal point of their offense. Siakam averaged a career-high 22.9 points and 2.2 three-pointers per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal and earned his first All-Star selection.

It is a win-win situation for the Kings and Raptors if ever they strike a deal since the Kings have a flurry of tallented guards in their roster while the Raptors certainly need one after Lowry’s departure.

Who knows, maybe Siakam could be the answer for the Kings to end their long Playoff drought?