‣ Former Toronto star Pascal Siakam’s trade to Indiana has ended speculation that he was nearly transferred to the Golden State Warriors. NBA insider Sam Amick revealed that the Warriors were interested, but Siakam was not excited about the prospect.
‣ The Golden State Warriors’ allure to star-calibre players appears to be fading. Even though the team is currently 18-22 in the regular season, Siakam, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, was not likely to re-sign a potential deal with them.
‣ Siakam’s agent, Todd Ramasar, has expressed that the player is happy to be in Indiana and sees a long-term future with the team. The agent also emphasized the first-class nature of the Pacers’ organization and the opportunity for Siakam to contend for the title.
BREAKING: The Toronto Raptors are finalizing a trade to send Pascal Siakam to the Golden State Warriors, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski ᶠᵃⁿ (@wojdespn)
The Pascal Siakam trade saga has finally drawn to a close. The former Toronto star is now Indiana-bound, and the internet is abuzz with speculation about what could have been.
Rumors suggest that Siakam was on the brink of being transferred to Golden State. NBA insider Sam Amick even confirmed that the Bay Area squad was keen on the Cameroon native. But, it seems Siakam wasn’t too thrilled about the prospect.
“The Warriors were interested. I don’t think he was excited about anything past this season with them,” Amick revealed. It appears the Warriors’ allure for star players is waning. Even seasoned reporter Adrian Wojnarowski had previously announced that Siakam’s trade to San Francisco was almost a done deal.
Golden State’s current standing isn’t too impressive. They’re 18-22, almost halfway through the regular season, and are stuck in 12th place in the Western Conference. Siakam, set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, likely wouldn’t have re-signed their potential deal.
Todd Ramasar, Siakam’s agent, has been vocal about the player’s happiness with the Indiana move. “I could see Pascal in Indiana long term. They want to see Pascal with the organization long term. He’s excited,” Ramasar shared. He reminisced about Siakam’s time in Toronto but emphasized Siakam’s excitement for his future in Indiana.
Ramasar praised Indiana’s organization, mentioning President Kevin Pritchard and general manager Chad Buchanan. He even hinted at this being a chance for Siakam to contend for the title. “I’m excited that Pascal is getting a first-class opportunity with the Pacers. His future looks bright there,” Ramasar said.
In a surprising twist, Raptors president Masai Ujiri admitted to a lack of communication during negotiations. He had an “incredible” and “honest” conversation with Siakam, where he confessed to not being as communicative as he should have been.
Ujiri is aware that Siakam deserved better. “I apologized to him before the season started, and I apologized to him again recently,” Ujiri said. He’s not proud of the miscommunication but acknowledges it’s part of the business.
Siakam, a two-time All-Star, is currently averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.3 blocks this campaign. His shooting stats are impressive too, with 52.2% from field goal attempts, 31.7% from three-pointers, and 75.8% from the free-throw line.