The Toronto Raptors are in an odd situation right now. They have a young, up-and-coming roster that could prompt a nice rebuild, but they also have a couple of stars that could lead them to the playoffs.
Masai Ujiri and the team need to decide whether making the playoffs will actually help their development or if they need more lottery picks to round up their roster. If that's the case, then trading away Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam could be their next moves.
And, while VanVleet just signed a long-term deal and Siakam reportedly wants to stay in the North, multiple teams are showing a lot of interest in the former G-League Finals MVP:
"A source with knowledge of the situation in Toronto said the Raptors are receiving numerous calls about Siakam and team president Masai Ujiri is “listening like a good negotiator.” The Kings, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers are said to be particularly “enamored” with Siakam. A trade is possible, but not likely, the source said, adding Siakam has no desire to be moved despite the possibility of a rebuilding situation in Toronto," reported Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee.
Siakam was one of the league's most intriguing players a couple of years ago. He showed flashes of great two-way play next to Kawhi Leonard and was instrumental in the Raptors' 2019 title run.
Ever since, however, Siakam has kind of regressed, and some thought that his breakout year was a bit of a fluke. But the truth is that he's got a skill set that could suit any championship contender.
Now, what's left to see is whether a team can meet whatever price Masai Ujiri sets for his services, as it doesn't seem like there's any kind of rush to blow up their roster any time soon.