2. Pascal Siakam
The Raptors are at a crossroads this offseason. They already fired head coach Nick Nurse and have made the playoffs just once in the last three years. Does Toronto blow it up and attempt to retool around Scottie Barnes?
Siakam averaged 24.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 0.9 steals in 37.4 minutes per game last season playing primarily center. The 6’9 big man is a two-time All-Star, and he could be the perfect switchable option for coach Udoka’s new defensive scheme. Siakam can also handle the ball and organize the offense, which the Rockets desperately need.
Would Toronto want Sengun? They traded for Jakob Poeltl at the deadline, and they are expected to re-sign him in free agency. Could the Raptors run a two big-man lineup? Do they avoid the trade because of their lack of interest in Sengun? The 20-year-old would have plenty of value on the trade market.
The Raptors grab the fourth pick and three recent first-round picks here. It is a significant haul for Pascal Siakam and one that would certainly help them retool their roster around Scottie Barnes. Eason is the perfect player for Toronto’s system, and Washington could be the next guard they develop.
The Houston Rockets may not think acquiring Pascal Siakam is enough, and they could go hunting for a superstar.