Report: 2 Potential Trade Spots For Pascal Siakam; Rift With Team "Widening"

There seems to be a growing rift between two-time All-NBA forward Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors. Beat writer Michael Grange of Sportsnet writes today that Spicy P has been noticeably absent from the Raptors' Summer League games and activities, and that two rival teams have been talking with Masai Ujiri and Co. about obtaining him via trade.

Per league sources, the Raptors are still listening, trying to gauge the market value for their leading scorer and leading returning – in theory – playmaker. Atlanta remains a possibility and Indiana has also reached out.

Both the Hawks and the Pacers are undergoing their own re-tooling efforts this offseason, each team featuring star backcourts, but in need of help up front.

Siakam is entering the final year of his contract, and is eligible for up to a 4-year, $192M extension. The two-time All-Star and one-time NBA champion was in rare company last season with his impressive combination of stats, averaging 24.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists. 

"The Raptors don’t intend to drag the process out for weeks or months, but they don’t seem ready to close the door on a Siakam trade just yet," added Grange. 

But it appears one player they are not listening on, is OG Anunoby, who, at 25 is four years younger than Pascal, and fits more with the timeline of the Scottie Barnes-led future of the Raptors. 

"Teams are welcome to call about Anunoby, but don’t expect a call back — that's the message."

Siakam has already sent out his own message through his agents to other teams around the league that he wants to stay in Toronto and isn't interested in signing an extension elsewhere. We'll see if this attitude changes as the rumors build through the next few weeks. 

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