Raptors Shoud Have Traded Pascal Siakam To Warriors For James Wiseman, Andrew Wiggins & Eric Paschall

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The Toronto Raptors entered the 2020-21 NBA season with the goal of fully dominating the Eastern Conference and winning the NBA championship. Unfortunately, the Raptors have struggled to consistently win games this season and as of now they are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013. 

Had they known that they would be finishing the season as a lottery team, the Raptors may have already decided to undergo a major roster overhaul as early as the 2021 trade deadline.

Raptors Should Have Traded Pascal Siakam To Warriors

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In a recent article, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report created a list of 2021 trade deadline deals that contenders and tankers should have made. For the Raptors, Buckley believes that they should have explored sending Pascal Siakam and Chris Boucher to the Golden State Warriors for a trade package that includes James Wiseman, Andrew Wiggins, and Eric Paschall.

If the suggested deal happened before the 2021 trade deadline, Buckley thinks that it would have helped both the Warriors and the Raptors in improving their rosters.

Pascal Siakam Could Have Turned Warriors Into A Legitimate Title Contender This Season

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Siakam would have been an intriguing addition to the Warriors. His arrival in Golden State would have dramatically changed their fate in the 2020-21 NBA season. From being an average playoff contender in the loaded Western Conference, pairing Siakam with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green would have put the Warriors on the same conversation as the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Utah Jazz.

Once Klay Thompson officially returns from an injury, the Warriors could have also headed in the 2021-22 NBA season with a fearsome foursome featuring Siakam, Green, and the Splash Brothers.

Warriors Could Have Gotten A Very Reliable Two-Way Contributor

Had they traded for Siakam, the Warriors would have added a fourth All-Star that would boost their performance on both ends of the floor. Siakam would have given them a very reliable scoring option, a great rebounder, on-court facilitator, lockdown defender, and floor-spacer. This season, he's averaging 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.1 steals while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, per ESPN.

With the years he spent with the likes of Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and DeMar DeRozan in Toronto, Siakam wouldn't have a hard time building chemistry with Curry, Thompson, and Green in Golden State.

Why The Trade Makes Sense For The Raptors

Had they realized that they are headed into an inevitable rebuild, the proposed trade scenario would have been a no-brainer for the Raptors. By sending Siakam to Golden State, they would have gotten three young and promising talents in Wiseman, Wiggins, and Paschall who could be part of the next title-contending team that they will try to build in Toronto.

"As for the Raptors, they could have kick-started their rebuild early—ahead of Kyle Lowry's potential departure in 2021 free agency," Buckley wrote. "While Wiseman would arrive as a possible future centerpiece, Toronto native and 2014 top pick Andrew Wiggins might spark the most immediate excitement. His year-plus schooling in the Warriors' way has made him more efficient on offense and more disruptive on defense. Tack on 24-year-old Eric Paschall as an instant-offense spark, and there might have been enough for the Raptors to bite."