Pascal Siakam’s days playing with the Toronto Raptors could very well be numbered. According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Atlanta Hawks will be looking to monitor Siakam’s availability as the trade deadline approaches in February.
The Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, and Indiana Pacers were also listed as potential trade partners.
“The Atlanta Hawks continue to monitor Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam as a potential trade target after attempting to acquire him during the offseason.”Michael Scotto reported
The rumors of Siakam winding up in Atlanta are not out of thin air. The Hawks attempted to create a package that could sway Siakam to the team prior to the season starting. Players such as De’Andre Hunter, AJ Griffin, and draft capital were all reported in August by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
After the 2023–24 season, Siakam is expected to become a free agent. It’s currently unknown what kind of contract the Raptors would be willing to offer him. OG Anunoby is also anticipated to decline his player option for the 2024–2025 season.
If Siakam makes the All-NBA team this season, he would be eligible to sign a five-year supermax deal worth around $304 million. A four-year, $202.3 million extension is also still on the table if he doesn’t make an All-NBA team.
The Hawks are currently sitting with an 8-9 record to start the season. Meanwhile, the Raptors are right behind them with an 8-10 record. Both teams could look to shake things up as they move in different directions.
If the Hawks want to make another leap, adding Siakam could help alleviate some of the pressure off of Trae Young and Dejounte Murray. One of the biggest reasons the Hawks may not pull the trigger is due to how good Jalen Johnson has been.
Although nothing in the NBA is for curtain, trade rumors about Siakam should stay in the headlines.