NBA rumors: Raptors don’t want to trade Pascal Siakam after all

After rumors circling over the past few weeks about the fate of Pascal Siakam and Toronto, he makes the decision to stay with the Raptors.

Up north, there were fears of losing Toronto Raptors power forward Pascal Siakam to a trade. Where he would exactly land was unclear, but talks were vague at least and alarming at most. This is alarming because of the fact that Pascal literally loves the city of Toronto and has performed really well since being drafted there.

While there would be possible trade destinations for Siakam to choose from, Sam Amick of The Athletic reports that those destinations don’t hold much weight. This would lead to the report from Amick saying that Siakam is happy in Toronto (no surprise there).

Pascal Siakam loves the city of Toronto, the Raptors organization and still wants to be there

The report that Siakam wants to stay in Toronto is unsurprising, even after the talks of him leaving grew once the Raptors lost Kyle Lowry and drafted Scottie Barnes with the No. 4 pick. It just didn’t make sense for him to leave, especially not for the offers that were being dealt to the Raptors.

While he’s expected to miss the beginning of the 2021-22 season, he’ll still be suiting up in a Raptors jersey when he returns. It just wouldn’t make sense for the team to let him go when he averaged 21.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game to add last season.

Had this gone any other way, Toronto would have a lot of words for Masai Ujiri if he let a good one like Siakam slip through the cracks.

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