The U.S. local media “Action Network” reported on the 11th (Korea time) that “Golden State Warriors are interested in trading Pascal Siakam. The key card will be Moses Moody or Jonathan Kuminga.”
Golden State is currently in crisis. It ranked 12th in the Western Conference with 17 wins and 19 losses. If the current rankings go up, it will also fail to advance to the play-in tournament. Golden State is a team that pays luxury tax this season. If it fails to advance to the playoffs, it would be a huge failure.
Even key players such as Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Clay Tamson are getting older. This season is bound to be a precious season for the Golden State.
Siakam is currently the biggest sale in the trade market. Siakam’s team, the Toronto Raptors, is also sluggish like Golden State. Unlike Golden State, Toronto has young main players.
Toronto recently traded OG Anubi to the New York Knicks, acquiring RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley, and announcing its rebuilding plan. Naturally, interest in Siakam, Toronto’s ace, is growing.
The problem is that Siakam will become an FA at the end of this season. Siakam has declared that he is leaving the FA market as the team that offers the most money. In other words, the team that takes Siakam should be worried about missing out after the season.
In that respect, the combination of Golden State and Siakam tends to match. Golden State has to aim for the present without time to think about the future. And there is a desperate need to reinforce the forward position. Siakam is an all-star forward.
From Toronto’s point of view, if it gets Kuminga, it may be tempting. Kuminga has become a mainstay of Golden State this season as he has excelled. If it gets Kuminga, Toronto can set up a young forward lineup with Scottie Barnes and Barrett.
On the other hand, Moody is a card that is less attractive to Toronto. Unlike Kuminga, Moody has clear limitations of 3&D players.
Will Golden State in crisis try to turn the tide by recruiting Siakam? The trade deadline is more than a month away.