Kings Reportedly Ending Pursuit of Pascal Siakam

8:17pm: The Kings are ending their pursuit of Siakam, at least for now, sources tell Charania (Twitter link). That could change, but the teams are no longer talking, Charania adds.

6:42pm: Appearing on Stadium’s show The Rally (Twitter video link), Shams Charania confirms the Raptors “are ramping up trade talks around Pascal Siakam.”

I’m told the Sacramento Kings are emerging as a serious suitor (for) Siakam,” Charania said. “They’re among the offers and options that Toronto has.”

Charania went on to explain that the Kings are increasingly interested in forming a “big three” featuring De’Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis and Siakam.

However, as Charania observes, Siakam is playing on an expiring $37.9MM contract, which will complicate any negotiations for potential suitors. If Siakam is open to re-signing with a team interested in trading for him, that could help facilitate a deal; if he’s not, it could “dissuade some teams,” Charania said.

Fischer cited Sacramento, Indiana and Detroit as prime landing spots for Siakam earlier today, also reporting that the Kings were open to moving Davion Mitchell and have been gauging the value of a package headed by Harrison Barnes and Kevin Huerter. Multiple reporters have stated former No. 4 overall pick Keegan Murray is off the table in trade talks.

A two-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA forward, Siakam is averaging 22.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists on .521/.288/.751 shooting in 34 games this season (34.9 minutes). The 29-year-old has spent all eight of his NBA seasons to this point with the Raptors, who selected him No. 27 overall back in 2016.

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