How Warriors Could Trade For Raptors Star Pascal Siakam

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The Golden State Warriors have been one of the most dominant teams in the NBA thus far in the 2021-22 season. They are 18-3, tied for first place atop the Western Conference along with the Phoenix Suns.

The scariest part about the Warriors is that they are likely going to be better in a few weeks. Klay Thompson is nearing a return to the court after missing more than two years of action with a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and a ruptured Achilles that occurred in November of 2020. James Wiseman is also working his way back from a knee procedure he underwent in April.

Golden State is going to be that much tougher of a team to play against with Thompson and Wiseman in the fold. Now, imagine if the Warriors were able to pull off the blockbuster deal that they had been looking to make throughout the offseason?

Stephen Curry is playing at an MVP level again while Draymond Green is as locked in as ever in his pursuit to prove that he is still the best defensive player in the NBA. Adding another All-Star to the mix in Golden State would be borderline unfair, but what if they did pull it off?

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The Warriors were linked to plenty of big names throughout the offseason. Ben Simmons, Bradley Beal and Pascal Siakam were a few. What could a deal for Siakam look like? It would be landscape-changing for both franchises.

Landing a player of Siakam’s caliber could push the Warriors to be favorites for the NBA title. He is coming along from an offseason procedure, but when healthy, he is a two-way difference-maker with versatility on both ends of the court.

Siakam has proven that he can be a go-to scorer, but he has never been surrounded by players with the gravity of Curry and Thompson. He would be able to operate with plenty of space in the middle of the court or space out to the 3-point line for open jump shots.

Along with Siakam, the Warriors would be getting some frontcourt help as well in the form of Chris Boucher. Boucher hasn’t found as much playing time this season with the Toronto Raptors but he has that Unicorn skill set teams love. He is a strong rim protector defensively, while he can space the floor and shoot 3-pointers offensively.

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The package to acquire them would not be cheap. Andrew Wiggins is involved to help match salaries. He would be a bigger blow than people think as he has come into his own in the Bay Area, showing more and more of that two-way ability that made him the No. 1 overall pick in 2014.

Wiseman would be on the way to Toronto as well. If he is not ready to provide consistent production with rotation minutes for a team competing to win a championship, the Warriors’ best plan may be to move on from him. Siakam and Boucher are both better equipped to help a team in win-now mode.

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Surrendering first-round picks is never an easy thing to do, but if the Golden State Warriors were to win another championship with the core of Curry, Thompson and Green, it would be worth it. Golden State also had an extra first-round selection in the 2021 NBA Draft, so they can afford to go without adding another youngster to the mix in the 2022 NBA Draft.

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