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Warriors rumors: The Warriors may use the No. 7 pick and James Wiseman to acquire Pascal Siakam

Jan 10, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) defends Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors may be looking to make a big splash ahead of next month’s NBA Draft. During last week’s NBA Draft lottery, the Warriors secured the No. 7 pick. The pick came via the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the D’Angelo Russell / Andrew Wiggins trade. The Timberwolves would have kept the pick had it fallen into the top three.

According to reports, there is an expectation around the league that the Warriors will package James Wiseman and the No. 7 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft to make a major trade. A player they may trade for is Raptors’ forward Pascal Siakam.

Despite a down year for the Raptors last year, Siakam had a strong campaign. The 2018-19 Most Improved Player posted 21.4 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game, and 4.5 assists per game. He performed much better than he did in the bubble during the 2020 playoffs.

During Toronto’s time in the bubble, Siakam was criticized for his performance and his excessive use of a spin move while attacking the rim.

Wiseman, on the other hand, had an injury-riddled 2021 season. The Warriors center played in only 39 games this season. Wiseman was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Warriors were without Klay Thompson for all of last year, and, as evident from above, Wiseman didn’t play much either. Despite two key players of their team missing, Golden State still managed to sneak into the play-in tournament. LeBron James and the Lakers eliminated the Warriors in the aforementioned play-in tournament.

If they could add Siakam, plus Klay Thompson returns to his old self next season, there is a genuine chance that Golden State returns to championship contention next season.

On the contrary, the trade doesn’t make a ton of sense for Toronto. Despite a poor 2021 season, the Raptors don’t seem to be in a rebuild. They still have a strong core of Siakam, Anunoby, and VanVleet, plus they just landed the No. 4 overall pick in next month’s draft. With that pick, the team is likely to select either Jalen Green or Jalen Suggs.

With those four players and Khem Birch at the center, Toronto is also looking to return to their winning ways next season.

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