A blockbuster trade proposal has the star-studded Golden State Warriors adding another marquee name to their roster.
Earlier this offseason, the Warriors landed future Hall of Famer and point guard Chris Paul to a championship-level roster headlined by Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins.
After falling short of a fifth championship with their current core last season, one shouldn’t be surprised if the Warriors manage to complete one more blockbuster trade before the start of the 2024-24 season. Could the Toronto Raptors be a potential trade partner for the Dubs?
Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley proposed a massive trade idea that has Toronto sending Golden State Pascal Siakam in exchange for Paul, Brandin Podziemski, Jonathan Kuminga and a 2028 first-round pick that would be top-seven protected:
“If the Raptors see the hyper-athletic swingman as a future star—imagine him and Scottie Barnes terrorizing teams in the open court—they could jump on this deal. Podziemski can dribble, pass and shoot; the future pick could land in the top 10; and Paul, who’s been traded twice this summer (and will have to wait until Sept. 4 before he can be dealt again), is effectively on an expiring $30.8 million salary.
So, is this too much for Golden State to pay for a rental? You could maybe argue that, but the Warriors wouldn’t if they felt the trade moved them closer to another championship. They need more scoring punch, playmaking, length and defensive versatility, and Siakam checks every box. He’s a two-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA selection for a reason.
Put Siakam in the same frontcourt as Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson manning the guard spots, and that sure looks like a championship-caliber lineup.”
Siakam is eligible for free agency next summer. The Raptors lost star guard Fred VanVleet in free agency earlier this offseason, but the front office hasn’t given any hints as to whether or not they’re looking to fully rebuild or retool.
If it ends up being the former, then they’ll either need to extend Siakam or trade him rather than risk losing the 2019 NBA Champion for nothing. And few teams would be a better fit for Siakam than the championship-contending Warriors.
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