Raptors Rumors: Pacers Offer For Pascal Siakam Revealed

Pascal Siakam, one of the top trade candidates on the market heading to the February 8th deadline, is certainly not making it easy on the Toronto Raptors to deal him. His constant threats that he won’t sign an extension with any team that trades for him seem to have teams shying away from offering top young talent.

Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report dropped some intel that the Indiana Pacers, one of Siakam‘s prime suitors, are offering a package of Buddy Hield, 31, Bruce Brown, 27, and a relatively low first-round pick. The Raptors are thought to be seeking one of Indiana’s top young impressive talents, such as Bennedict Mathurin, Jarace Walker or Andrew Nembhard. 

The Pacers, however, will head into the off-season with enough cap room that they’d be able to make Siakam a massive offer on the free agent market without having to give up one of their valuable young assets.

Perhaps, if the Raptors are able to turn around and flip Hield and/or Brown to a contender for a young prospect, there could still be a chance to make an offer like this work. Hield is on an expiring deal and could provide the type of three-point shooting that any contender could use.

Brown showed his mettle as a key role player in the Denver Nuggets' run to the 2023 NBA championship and is another piece that playoff teams would love to add to their lineup. His massive 2-year, $45 million deal has a club option for next season, so any acquiring team needn’t have to keep him on if it doesn’t work out.

As evidenced by the OG Anunoby trade with the New York Knicks, Raptors president Masai Ujiri is looking for young, controllable talent to put around, and grow with, Scottie Barnes. Former Knicks Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett are two dynamic pieces that look like nice fits so far going forward for Toronto.

The Raptors will be looking for something similar in any Siakam trade.

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