We can already hear the protests. This time, they’re coming from both fanbases involved in our hypothetical NBA trade scenarios.
Why would the Thunder abandon their long-term rebuilding plans to acquire a star? Why would the Toronto Raptors part with Pascal Siakam one year removed from such a great season? Well, in all likelihood, neither would.
Relax. Loosen your tie. Use your imagination. This is the NBA we’re talking about. If you think you can predict it, we’ve got an island to sell you.
The Thunder will be adding a blue-chip prospect into their midst in the 2022 draft. They already roster Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Trading for Pascal Siakam could expedite their rebuilding process.
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Plus, they could throw an immense amount of draft capital at the Raptors and still have more of it than any other team in the history of the NBA.
Meanwhile, the Raptors could cut ties with Siakam to focus their rebuild around Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes. No, none of these possibilities are likely. Just don’t rule them out as possibilities.
Here are two trade packages that send Pascal Siakam to the Oklahoma City Thunder.