Bulls Trade For Raptors’ Pascal Siakam In Bold Proposal

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When we think of NBA teams that could make big trades, we’re usually looking at two teams in particular. Sure, some team could come out of left field, but two groups find themselves in trade speculation more than any other.

We’re talking about the Chicago Bulls and the Toronto Raptors. That makes sense. These Eastern Conference rivals are in similar positions.

They both have expensive rosters, and they’ve both been underperforming. That makes them each a strong candidate to blow up their roster and start over. 

With that said, there is a meaningful difference between these squads. Scottie Barnes is a young, emerging superstar. The Bulls don’t have such a player. That gives the Raptors more incentive to start making moves with the future in mind.

Could they trade Pascal Siakam to the Bulls as a result? 

NBA Trade Proposal: Chicago Bulls Land Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam

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Toronto Raptors receive: G/F DeMar DeRozan, F Patrick Williams, 2027 First-Round Pick (CHI), 2029 First-Round Pick (CHI)
Chicago Bulls receive: F/C Pascal Siakam 

In fact, these two groups have been in trade rumors for so long that one wonders whether they’ll ever make a move. We understand – that trading a key player is a difficult decision to make.

On the other hand, it can be the best decision. After all, passivity can cost you as well. It’s already cost the Raptors. Kyle Lowry left this team in free agency. So did Fred VanVleet.

They were both players that Toronto could have extracted some value from. If they don’t make some moves soon, they could suffer more losses. 

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Meanwhile, the Bulls could soon face the same fate with DeRozan. He’s due for an extension soon. He does not appear likely to stay in the Windy City.

Should the Bulls ship him off to his former franchise? 

Why The Chicago Bulls Do The Deal 

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This would be a bold decision for the Bulls. Many observers would prefer that they took a different route. They’d argue that the Bulls are mediocre, and they ought to rebuild. 

Fair. On the other hand, Chicago has invested a lot in this roster. Besides, there’s a lot of talent here, too. The Bulls could be an upgrade away from making some noise. If so, this deal ought to suit them. After all, Siakam is a distinct upgrade over DeRozan. 

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That will prove especially true on the defensive end. Whereas DeRozan is something of a liability there, Siakam is a menace. Otherwise, these are comparable scorers and playmakers. Siakam should make the Bulls a better team.

Should the Raptors really move on from their longtime franchise player? 

Why The Toronto Raptors Do The Deal 

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Siakam has been Toronto’s franchise player. He isn’t anymore. That designation officially belongs to Barnes. Meanwhile, he and Siakam are somewhat redundant. With Barnes emerging as a bonafide star, it feels more prudent than ever to move Siakam. 

Meanwhile, the reunion with DeRozan is cute. Longtime Raptors fans will be happy to see him back in The Six. Still, that’s hardly the point here. The Raptors may be happy to add DeRozan’s expiring contract – and if they do want to bring him back, he’ll be more affordable than Siakam.

Still, this is mostly about bringing in a pair of unprotected first-round picks. Bringing in Williams doesn’t hurt either. He’s having a difficult season in Chicago, but at times, he’s looked like a prototypical 3-and-D wing.

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Williams is young enough to grow with Barnes. He could be O.G. Anunoby’s replacement, but at the same time, they could co-exist as well. Either way, this is one big trade that the Raptors might want to (finally) make. 

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When it comes to exploring the endless possibilities of NBA trades, there's no one quite like James Piercey. With a keen eye for player dynamics, salary cap intricacies, and a knack for discovering uncharted trade territory, James has risen to prominence as the preeminent expert in the realm of hypothetical NBA trades. James is also known for his work covering the Houston Rockets for SB Nation's The Dream Shake — a blog that gives a daily, comprehensive look at the team. He has written for various outlets, including FanSided and Last Word on Sports, among others.