Grizzlies Trade For Raptors’ Pascal Siakam In Proposal

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One NBA writer is proposing that the Memphis Grizzlies acquire Pascal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors in a blockbuster trade.

Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report proposed the following trade for the Grizzlies to trade for Siakam, who is said to be available in trade talks. In exchange for Siakam, the Raptors would receive Luke Kennard, Brandon Clarke, Ziaire Williams, a 2024 first-round pick (via GSW), a 2025 unprotected first-round pick, a 2027 first-round pick (top-8 protected), and a 2028 first-round pick swap.

Siakam signed a four-year, $136 million rookie contract extension with the Raptors in October 2019. He has one year left on his contract. The 29-year-old, who helped Toronto win the 2019 championship over the Golden State Warriors in six games, will make $37.9 million in 2023-24.

Siakam averaged 24.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists last season for the Raptors while shooting 48.0% from the field, 32.4% from beyond the arc and 77.4% from the free-throw line. Toronto lost the 9-10 play-in game to the Chicago Bulls and didn’t make the 2023 playoffs.

Any team trying to trade for Siakam must be careful, as according to Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report and TNT, Siakam prefers to stay with the Raptors and the swingman may not re-sign with a team who trades for him.

NBA TRADES, NEWS & RUMORS: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors & Memphis Grizzlies Updates

The Raptors fired Nick Nurse as head coach and hired Darko Rajakovic after the season ended. Fred VanVleet left Toronto for the Houston Rockets in free agency, while Gary Trent Jr. and Jakob Poeltl are staying with the Raptors.

Opposing front offices still believe the Raptors’ high valuation of their players, such as Siakam and OG Anunoby, marks the biggest roadblock to any potential trade.

The Grizzlies traded for Marcus Smart from the Boston Celtics and signed former NBA MVP Derrick Rose in free agency. They didn’t re-sign Dillon Brooks, who went to the Rockets, but they did sign Desmond Bane to a max contract extension.

NBA TRADES, NEWS & RUMORS: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors & Memphis Grizzlies Updates

Ja Morant will miss the first 25 games of next season due to a suspension, which is why the front office should consider trading for Siakam even though the All-Star only has one year left on his contract.

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