Warriors, Raptors Discussing Pascal Siakam Trade

‣ The Golden State Warriors are rumored to be in trade talks with the Toronto Raptors for Pascal Siakam, with Warriors general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. having been seen in conversation with Raptors president Masai Ujiri.
‣ The Warriors are currently $43 million over the tax line and could re-work a deal or two to save $20 million of salary, reducing their tax bill by over $115 million.
‣ Pascal Siakam, currently in the final season of his four-year contract with the Raptors, is eligible for a five-year supermax deal worth around $304 million if he receives an All-NBA selection this year. He is reportedly open to staying with the team he is traded to.

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The Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors are reportedly in trade talks. The name on the table? Pascal Siakam. Apparently, Warriors’ general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. has been dropping Siakam’s name around the Bay Area.

“I’ve heard [Siakam’s name] on a more substantial level,” says The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. He even spotted Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Masai Ujiri in a lengthy pregame chat. So, there might be something brewing.

The Warriors might see the proposed trade—Kuminga, two firsts, and a valuable expiring salary—as a bit steep. After all, they’re planning to duck the second apron this summer. If they acquire Siakam, he’ll likely be a pricey part of their future.

According to some NBA betting sites, the Warriors are 11th in line to win this season’s championship. Interestingly, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers have better odds.

There’s a tweet floating around that says, “Warriors, Raptors have discussed a Pascal Siakam trade, per @anthonyVslater.” The tweet continues, “These teams have discussed Siakam in recent weeks. I’ve heard that on a more substantial level. So there’s something potentially there.”

Right now, the Warriors are $43 million over the tax line. Their projected tax bill? A whopping $195 million. But they could re-work a deal or two to save $20 million of salary, reducing their tax bill by over $115 million.

Siakam, 29, is in his final season of a four-year, $136.9 million contract with Toronto. He could sign a four-year, $202.3 million extension. But here’s the kicker: If he receives an All-NBA selection this year, he could sign a five-year supermax deal worth around $304 million.

Siakam reportedly isn’t planning to sign an extension with Toronto. He wants to explore free agency. But he might be open to staying where he’s traded. This tidbit was left out of a few reports.

So, would the Warriors consider trading Draymond Green for Siakam? Green, 33, signed a four-year, $100 million deal with Golden State last July. His contract includes a 15% trade bonus. The Dubs must be mulling it over.

Another tweet says, “The Golden State Warriors are a team to watch for Pascal Siakam, per @ChrisBHaynes.” It adds, “There’s a wild horse team out there that I’ve been told to look out for by rival executives…The Golden State Warriors…”

Last week, the Sacramento Kings reportedly offered Harrison Barnes, Kevin Huerter, Davion Mitchell, and a future first-round draft pick to Toronto for Siakam. Siakam seems open to re-signing with his next team. So, he could end up in California soon—maybe in San Francisco or Sacramento.

On Dec. 30, the Toronto Raptors traded OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn to the New York Knicks for RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and a 2024 second-round draft pick. A Warriors-Raptors trade? It kinda makes sense.

James Shotwell
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