NBA Rumors: 5 best trade destinations for Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
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Dejounte Murray, Pascal Siakam (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
Dejounte Murray, Pascal Siakam (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /

No. 4 Pascal Siakam trade destination: Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks have been the most heavily involved team in Siakam rumors. For Atlanta, there’s obvious pressure to start winning again with Trae Young. After that impressive conference finals run in 2021, the team has struggled to recapture the same magic. Siakam would give Young another bonafide co-star capable of elevating Atlanta on both ends of the floor.

After years of speculation, the Hawks finally traded John Collins this summer. Now there’s a void at the four spot, one the Hawks probably wouldn’t mind filling with a two-time All-Star and NBA champion. Siakam is a long and rangy defender but, more importantly, he’s another offensive cog to help carry the offense when Trae Young sits.

Dejounte Murray’s first season with Atlanta yielded mostly mixed results, but the Hawks doubled down with an expensive four-year extension. Now Murray is under contract for the next five seasons. His fit alongside Trae Young in the backcourt is an open-ended question, but he would certainly fit with Siakam as a table-setter and pick-and-roll partner in the non-Young minutes. Meanwhile, Young and Siakam would get along swimmingly. Young serves up clean looks on a silver platter and Siakam is at his best attacking off the catch and roasting rotating defenders with his slippery first step.

The combined length of Siakam, Murray, and Clint Capela on the defensive end could help Atlanta establish a much-needed identity on that side of the ball. Offensively there are valid spacing concerns, but Siakam averaged four 3-point attempts per game last season. He’s not the most efficient marksman (32.4 percent), but the volume is there and he only needs the threat of shooting to open up the rest of his game.