Los Angeles Clippers Receive: F Pascal Siakam
Toronto Raptors Receive: G Luke Kennard, F Marcus Morris Sr., G Keon Johnson, LAC 2022 2nd Round Pick, LAC 2023 2nd Round Pick, LAC 2024 2nd Round Pick, LAC 2028 1st Round Pick (Unprotected)
When you look at how this Clippers’ roster is constructed, it is clear to see that Paul George is their All-Star and leader, but who else is going to step up for this team?
Reggie Jackson, Eric Bledsoe, and Marcus Morris Sr. are all solid contributors, but it is hard to imagine that they can act as the “second key scorer” on this team all season long.
If Los Angeles is going to make it back to the Western Conference Finals and possibly make the NBA Finals, they are going to have to add more talent to their roster, which is why Siakam could be a very intriguing player for them.
Making the All-Star Game during the 2019-20 season, not only is Siakam one of the better frontcourt players in the entire league, but he plays excellent defense and already has a strong relationship with Kawhi Leonard, who he played with on the Toronto Raptors 2019 championship team.
Pairing George and Leonard with Siakam would cost the Clippers a lot of money, but they can actually make this trade work for themselves financially.
Luke Kennard and Marcus Morris will make a combined $28M this season and by throwing rookie Keon Johnson into this trade, the Clippers will have accumulated roughly $31M in contracts, almost equaling out that of Siakam’s contract of $33M this season.
Both Kennard and Morris are two key three-point shooting threats and Keon Johnson is one of the best athletes coming out of this 2021 draft class. He is a very under-polished prospect in this league, but he is only 19-years-old and could be another young talent the Raptors can look to develop for their future success.
Between getting some key talent and a ton of draft picks, the Toronto Raptors could be obliged to hear the Clippers out on their offer for Pascal Siakam, but will Toronto really look to get rid of their All-Star forward?