1. Pascal Siakam
Masai Ujiri made it clear that the Raptors are not talking about an extension with Pascal Siakam until the team plays the “right way”. The two-time All-Star will have no shortage of suitors if he reaches free agency next summer, including the 76ers to pair with the reigning MVP. Toronto has to decide if Siakam is a building block or a trade asset.
The 6’9 forward is on a $37.8 million expiring contract, so the Warriors could offer Chris Paul, Jonathan Kuminga, and one minimum salary to land him. Siakam’s expiring contract will keep the price down, especially if he is unwilling to commit to the team that acquires him. Two first-round picks might be enough to get the Dubs another All-Star.
Imagine a closing five of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green next to Siakam. The 6’9 forward’s ability to handle the ball and defend multiple positions would add a different dimension for the Dubs. He is a below-average shooter and would need time to fit in with their established core, but talent wins championships in the NBA.
The Golden State Warriors could make a massive splash by trading Jonathan Kuminga before the deadline. There will be plenty of interest in the 21-year-old forward, but can the front office get enough to make them title favorites? Stay tuned to find out.