The argument for Pascal Siakam on the Hawks

NBA: NOV 11 Raptors at Clippers

Outside of Damian Lillard, the one All-Star player that seems likely to be moved before the start of the season is Pascal Siakam, and the Hawks have been right in the middle of trade rumors.

Siakam is an NBA champion, a top-30 player in the league, and has made multiple All-Star teams. Any club would love to have him on their side. He’s coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 24.2 points per game on 48% shooting, 7.8 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. Siakam was the primary option for the Raptors last season, but his best and most efficient work has come as a secondary scorer, which he would be in Atlanta.

Adding Siakam to the frontcourt with Trae Young and Dejounte Murray in the backcourt would give the Hawks a legitimate Big 3. The issue is Siakam’s contract. He’s set to become a free agent at the end of the upcoming season and has shown no desire in signing a contract extension with whichever team trades for him. That makes him a risky gamble for inferring organizations, but it also makes it difficult for the Raptors to garner a haul in return. If the price is right, it might be worth it for the Hawks to roll the dice.

On the latest episode of SportsTalkATL, Alex and I argue over whether the Hawks should trade for Pascal Siakam. And trust me, it’s worth your time.

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