The draft having now taken place, all eyes are on the free agency, which will begin in a few days. By the way, a lot of stars under contract could quickly end up with a new jersey … This is particularly the case of a big name in the Eastern Conference, which is found in rumors of departure recently.
21.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists on average, these were Pascal Siakam’s averages over the 2020-21 season. If the stat line may seem very good for some, the exercise was however seen as a disappointment for the Cameroonian. Less productive in scoring and much more clumsy from afar (29.7%) than in the previous campaign (22.9 points to 36% behind the arc), the interior has stagnated over the last few months.
To make matters worse, rumors have also pointed to tensions between the MIP 2019 and its coach, Nick Nurse. Suddenly, all this is heading more and more towards a separation between the two camps… and precisely, according to the insider Brett Siegel, a competing franchise would be ready to recover the All-Star. This has already been active, since it is the Wizards, who have just exchanged Russell Westbrook !
One source has mentioned the Washington Wizards as a potential destination for Pascal Siakam if the Toronto Raptors look to trade him after drafting Scottie Barnes last night. They have Kuzma, Hachimura, Harrell and Bryant all as possible assets to trade.
– Brett Siegel (@BrettSiegelNBA) July 30, 2021
A source mentioned the Washington Wizards as a potential destination for Pascal Siakam if the Toronto Raptors seek to trade him after drafting Scottie Barnes last night. They have Kyle Kuzma, Rui Hachimura, Montrezl Harrell and Thomas Bryant as possible assets to trade.
If this exchange were to take place, we would witness a big development for all the parties concerned. On the one hand, Washington would recover with Spicy P an interior capable of dominating, which the local star Bradley Beal has never really had by his side. Siakam could relaunch himself with a new start, especially on a psychological level.
On the other hand, Toronto would begin a major reconstruction project, veteran Kyle Lowry also set to set sail. On the other hand, the Canadians would not start again from zero, since the evoked package would allow Nick Nurse to count at least on solid players of rotation, in particular on the frontcourt. What would convince a high caliber player to sign during the summer?
Things are happening in Toronto, which is expected to begin a new cycle from 2021-22. And a priori, Pascal Siakam will not be part of it … There would not be much left of the champion squad in 2019, against the Warriors.