3. Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
We mentioned above that the Toronto Raptors are barreling toward another summer with key players hitting free agency. Their history suggests they won’t trade either OG Anunoby or Pascal Siakam ahead of time, but it’s also possible they’re finally prepared to learn from past experiences and consider a move.
If they do Pascal Siakam looks like a strong candidate to be traded. He isn’t the best stylistic fit on a team also starting Scottie Barnes and Jakob Poeltl but is likely to expect something close to a maximum contract from the Raptors. They could instead move him to another team, and the Warriors have often been cited as a potential landing spot.
The fit of Siakam on the Warriors is a tricky one. On the one hand, he is a 23.6 percent career 3-point shooter and is hitting just 29.3 percent of his attempts this season. He is ideally deployed as a power forward who plays some minutes as a small-ball center, but the Warriors already have one of those in Draymond Green.
Yet Siakam is also a proven playoff performer who brings defense, passing and crafty scoring to the table. He can create offense for himself and others in a way that Wiggins simply can’t, and he and Green can pair in “small” lineups at the two big spots and switch everything. It’s probably not a road the Warriors go down, but Siakam may be the most available star out there, making it something to discuss as an option.