Grade the Trade: CP3 dealt again in chaotic Warriors pitch

Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
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Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors and Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images /

Laying out the chaotic Warriors trade

It may not seem like it considering their years of contention, but the Warriors have a reasonably deep chest of assets available to them. They owe their 2024 first-round pick and part of their 2030 pick, but can trade 2.5 firsts or any of their four young players in addition to Chris Paul.

That’s what Bleacher Report drew from in building a chaotic trade package for the Warriors to flip Paul for another star. They chose Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors, a player rumored to be on the trade block. Here’s the deal they proposed:

Pascal Siakam makes $37.8 million this season, and as the Warriors are over the second tax apron the salaries have to match very closely. This deal stacks Jonathan Kuminga and 2023 first-round pick Brandin Podziemski to Paul to make the deal balanced, and adds in a 2028 Top-7 protected first-round pick as extra value.

Siakam is a 29-year-old, 6’9″ power forward who has made two-time All-NBA teams in his career and won the 2019 title with the Raptors against the Warriors. He is entering the last season of his contract, and unless he agrees to an extension will hit unrestricted free agency next summer.

Given those details, is this proposed deal something the two teams would agree to? Let’s break it down from both angles, starting with the NBA’s lone international team.