5 trades to land James Harden a co-star on the Houston Rockets
By Jack Simone
5. Pascal Siakam
Ever since Kawhi Leonard left, the Toronto Raptors have been stuck in the middle of the pack. This could be their chance to hit the reset button and reshape the future of the franchise.
The Houston Rockets would bring in two star players who could fit in seamlessly alongside James Harden, with Pascal Siakam highlighting the trade.
Siakam’s blend of scoring, ball-handling, and defensive versatility would allow him to play lots of different roles for the Rockets. Houston needs two-way players around Harden, and Siakam is just that.
The same can be said about OG Anunoby, who just wrapped up an All-Defensive Second Team season. His perimeter defense and three-point shooting make him an ideal role player in today’s NBA.
Financially, the Rockets may have to make this a three-team deal and ship out Kevin Porter Jr., but Toronto probably wouldn’t want him if they’re already adding Jalen Green, Josh Cristopher, and also re-signing Fred VanVleet.
This deal could help ignite a solid rebuild in Toronto, though. They could bring back VanVleet and Jakob Poeltl in an attempt to be competitive, but sign-and-trading them could be their best bet.
Green would headline the new-look Raptors alongside whoever they draft with the fourth pick and anyone they get back in other trades.
Potential starting lineups:
Rockets: James Harden, OG Anunoby, Jabari Smith Jr., Pascal Siakam, Alperen Sengun
Raptors: Jalen Green, Gary Trent Jr. (if re-signed), Jae’Sean Tate, Scottie Barnes, Precious Achiuwa