Raptors Notes: Siakam, Barnes, Rajakovic, Quickley, Trent

Raptors forward Pascal Siakam‘s contract is set to expire after the season and, after the trade of OG Anunoby, it looked like he would be the next Toronto forward to be on the move. That may still be the case – the Raptors engaged in Siakam trade talks with the Kings last week – but an extension for the two-time All-Star seems increasingly plausible, according to The Athletic’s Eric Koreen.

Koreen and a few other writers at The Athletic sift through six hypothetical trade packages for Siakam to consider but conclude the uncertainty surrounding his willingness to extend with a team that trades for him could complicate matters. The Pacers, for example, have been heavily tied to Siakam but it’s unlikely Indiana would want to pay a high price, like Jarace Walker, for the former NBA champion without assurances he’d re-sign, John Hollinger writes. On the other hand, any package that doesn’t include Walker and Buddy Hield may not move the needle for Toronto.

Detroit and Brooklyn are two other teams in similar positions to Indiana and all three could outright pursue him in free agency if they desired. According to Koreen, the Mavericks, Warriors and Thunder are three teams able to put together deals that make the most sense. The Mavs could offer a combination of Grant Williams, Josh Green, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Olivier-Maxence Prosper in a potential deal while Luguentz Dort and Davis Bertans could headline a package from the Thunder, The Athletic’s staffers write.

For the Warriors in particular, any such deal is likely contingent on Jonathan Kuminga‘s inclusion. According to Anthony Slater, there’s been trade chatter on a substantial level between the two teams in recent weeks.

We have more from the Raptors:

  • Coach Darko Rajakovic made headlines this week when he blasted officiating after a loss to the Lakers, but he also turned heads when he called Scottie Barnes a “face of the league.” According to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange, Barnes appreciated the comment and sentiment. “It makes me feel great,” Barnes said. “I think it makes our team feel great as well. Good to have a coach that’s gonna stand behind our back no matter what. He doesn’t care, he’s gonna tell it like it is.
  • Immanuel Quickley showcased a deep appreciation for his time in New York in an essay penned for The Players’ Tribune. “These things move so fast, it’s crazy that I’m already on the road with my new family,” Quickley writes. “But it wouldn’t be right to leave without saying a little something just to let y’all know that the love is mutual.” Quickley spent the first three-plus seasons of his career with the Knicks after being drafted by New York with the 25th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. In six games with the Raptors, he’s averaging 19.2 points and 6.2 assists.
  • Gary Trent Jr. is unbothered by trade rumors surrounding the Raptors, he reveals in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda’s Mark Medina, and he’s energized by Toronto’s recent acquisition of RJ Barrett and Quickley. “It’s exciting. It’s been fun,” Trent said. “Obviously, we still want to continue to figure it out. That’s everybody – myself, Scottie, Pascal, — we’re all dealing with adding players to our team that can help us and all try to mesh. It’s already been cool. I’ve known RJ and Quickley since we’ve been 15 years old. It’s already transpired as a full-circle moment. It’s crazy to come back and be a part of the same team with them.” I recommend checking out the one-on-one interview in full.
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