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Atlanta Hawks Trade Proposal: Analyst Proposes New Trade for Hawks to Land Pascal Siakam

The Hawks have been involved in trade talks with Siakam this offseason

The NBA season is right around the corner, but it is still an interesting time to talk trades. 

This offseason, one of the most rampant trade rumors involved the Hawks trying to pry All-NBA forward Pascal Siakam away from Toronto. In August, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported this: 

"Atlanta has offered a package centered around De’Andre Hunter, AJ Griffin and draft compensation to Toronto for Siakam, league sources say. But the Raptors are believed to have upped the price on any possible deal at each turn."

While I don't think it would happen anytime soon (or maybe at all), is it possible that the Hawks revisit this trade? Well, Bleacher Reports Zach Buckley recently had a proposal for the Hawks to land Siakam and it was built around a similar trade package that Charania suggested earlier this offseason. 

In this trade proposal, the Hawks sent out De'Andre Hunter, AJ Griffin, a 2024 first-round pick (lottery-protected, via SAC), a 2025 second-round pick (via MIN), and a 2027 second-round pick (via MIN) to the Toronto Raptors for Pascal Siakam and Otto Porter Jr.

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam drives to the net against Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter. The Hawks and Raptors play each other three times in the 2022-23 NBA season.

Could the Hawks trade for Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam?

Here is what Buckley had to say about the trade: 

"The Hawks have been hot on Siakam's heels for a while now, and they should continue trying to get a deal done. Their John Collins-free forward rotation has a few interesting options, but there is no obvious difference-maker in the mix. Siakam would change that. He is a two-time All-NBA honoree who has already played a significant role on a championship team.

He seemed a touch over his skis as Toronto's focal point this past season, but he could ramp up his efficiency—and potentially maintain much of his volume production—while sharing the offensive load with Trae Young and Dejounte Murray. Atlanta's hiring of coach Quin Snyder in February communicated a clear desire to compete at a high level with this core, but the roster still appears one star short of making major noise in the Eastern Conference. This deal would deliver that star, plus Porter as mostly a salary-filler but also a capable reserve if he can get—and stay—healthy."

I think that Siakam is a fantastic player, but the reason that the Hawks or anyone else who wanted to trade for him has not yet is that Siakam is in a contract season and wants a big extension and it is not clear that he would do sign one for whoever trades for him. A big three of Trae Youg, Siakam, and Dejounte Murray would certainly get the Hawks to the upper half of the Eastern Conference, but I am not sure it makes them better than the Boston Celtics or the Milwaukee Bucks, who are the clear-cut favorites in the conference. 

For the Hawks to give up on a promising young player like Griffin and more draft picks, they need to make sure that Siakam is onboard to sign an extension. The Hawks are already short on draft capital because of the Murray trade and this would further deplete their draft picks.

A trade is unlikely to happen anytime soon, but as the deadline gets closer later in the season, it will be interesting to see if the Hawks revisit the talks and try to land Siakam and make a big move and if his feelings toward an extension have changed. For now, it is just a fun rumor to talk about. 

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