Masai Ujiri and the Raptors brass have calmed the storm on Pascal Siakam for now. Sources suggest that Toronto’s front office informed their lead forward that they are not shopping him on the trade market. This comes at a time where many believed that the team would seek to move on from Siakam.
Some tension had reared its head between himself and head coach Nick Nurse during the season. Moreover, the selection of Scottie Barnes with the fourth pick in this year’s NBA draft made a Siakam trade more feasible. At least according to other executives around the league, it did. In fact, as recently as last week, sources shed news on teams interested in trading for Siakam. The list of teams included the Warriors, Kings, and Clippers.
Though some Raptors players showed resentment towards the idea of a Pascal Siakam trade, the rumors kept on. Part of that has to do with a narrative attached to Masai Ujiri’s tenure in Toronto. He hasn’t exactly shied away from moving core pieces of the roster for some time now. For reference, you can look back on the trades involving DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, and Norman Powell. That said, it looks like Siakam will stay put up North for now.
Toronto Raptors future outlook
Though the team has stilled the waters on the Pascal Siakam front, they still have work to do for the remaining offseason. One such case concerns the recently acquired Goran Dragic. Per recent comments from him, he doesn’t seem interested in suiting up for the Raptors. What the team intends to do about that is unclear at the moment, but certainly, they won’t leave it as it stands right now.
Another issue pertains to roster construction. The team has little depth at the Center position and loses time to tend to it by the day. While we still have a long road ahead before the start of next season, it won’t be long before training camp gets underway.