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Pascal Siakam has hysterical explanation for what inspired big game

Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam was the star of Toronto’s 102-90 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night. He might be able to credit his baby niece for that.

Siakam scored 31 points with six rebounds and three assists in the win, marking one of his best all-around performances of the season. In his mind, that apparently happened because he got peed on by his two-month-old niece.

There is context — at least a little bit. Siakam’s brother had apparently joked that the little incident might be good luck, and Siakam was willing to jokingly go along with that explanation.

We are guessing this is one good luck charm that Siakam will not be making a part of his regular routine. Still, maybe it can kickstart something for the 27-year-old.

Maybe it’s simply the baby factor working its magic for Siakam. After one, one of his Toronto teammates memorably went on a huge run of scoring after the birth of his son during the 2019 playoffs.

Pascal Siakam’s agent addresses trade rumors

Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam had been seen as perhaps the best available player on the trade market this offseason. Siakam’s camp has a little something to say about that however.

Todd Ramasar, Siakam’s agent, spoke this week on SiriusXM NBA Radio. In the interview, Ramasar shot down the rampant Siakam trade rumors.

“I’ve only had reassurance from the Raptors that Pascal is obviously with them to stay,” he said. “Obviously from our camp, we’re not requesting any kind of movement or anything like that. I think in some ways, the Raptors and Pascal were easy targets just based on the season that they had.”

Ramasar is right about the timing. The Raptors were one of the worst teams in the league last season at 27-45. Siakam also saw his averages dip almost across the board as opposing defenses keyed in on him as the focal point of the Toronto offense. That led to the presumption that Siakam might be available for trade with some top contenders even expressing interest.

Still, the Raptors have reportedly told Siakam they are not shopping him. Ramasar’s stance seems to confirm that Siakam will not be going anywhere.

Report: Raptors have told Pascal Siakam he won’t be traded

Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, and there were reports that the Toronto Raptors were shopping him last month ahead of the NBA Draft. That may have been true then, but it reportedly is not now.

According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Raptors president Masai Ujiri has informed Siakam that the team is not shopping him around. That isn’t quite the same as saying Siakam is unavailable, but the 27-year-old wants to remain in Toronto and has been assured he is part of the plan going forward.

Siakam averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game last season. The Raptors recently parted ways with Kyle Lowry by way of a sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat, which led many to believe they have plans for a full rebuild. That is not the case, Amick reports.

Any trade for Siakam would be complicated by the fact that he is owed roughly $106 million over the next three seasons. We know of at least one team that would like to add him, but the odds favor him remaining with the Raptors.

Clippers trying to make run at Pascal Siakam trade?

Pascal Siakam

The LA Clippers already have two members of the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 championship team in Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka. Now they may be trying to get a third.

Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reported Monday that the Clippers are “enamored” with Raptors big man Pascal Siakam. Anderson also notes that the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors have similar interest.

Additionally, Clippers beat writers Andrew Greif and Justin Russo tweeted that the Clippers’ roster moves could signal a forthcoming trade. Incoming rookies Jason Preston and BJ Boston both received guaranteed contracts instead of a two-way spot.

We know that Siakam, who averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game last season, seems to be available for trade. The Raptors recently let franchise icon Kyle Lowry go in a sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat. That could signal a move towards a full rebuild for a team that went 27-45 last year.

Siakam is still owed $106.3 million over the next three seasons. That means that the Clippers would have to work some magic in order to make a trade happen. Players like Marcus Morris, Patrick Beverley, or Luke Kennard would almost certainly be included just to match salaries. But with their interest in Siakam and the moves they are already making, it sounds like something the Clippers would be very willing to do.

Blazers, Raptors could make CJ McCollum-Pascal Siakam swap?

CJ McCollum

The Portland Trail Blazers and the Toronto Raptors are two franchises at crossroads this offseason. Now it turns out that they could be making a swap of their homegrown stars.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported on Saturday that the two teams have discussed the framework of a CJ McCollum-Pascal Siakam trade. Fischer does note however that the negotiations have yet to generate significant momentum.

The two stars have both played for their respective teams for their entire careers. McCollum is a former Most Improved Player and one of the NBA’s better scorers, while Siakam is a former All-Star and All-NBA selection.

The Raptors seem to be making their guy available for trade, but the Blazers have come across as a bit more hesitant. Still, shaking things up with this kind of move could prove to be mutually beneficial for both teams.

Raptors making Pascal Siakam available for trade?

Pascal Siakam

Spicy P may be becoming Swapped P this offseason.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported this week that Toronto Raptors big Pascal Siakam is considered available for trade around the NBA. Fischer adds that Toronto is exploring all trade avenues ahead of next week’s draft.

The 27-year-old Siakam would seem like an untouchable. He led the team with 21.4 points per game last season and has been their primary offensive threat ever since Kawhi Leonard left Toronto. Siakam also has three years and $106.3 million left on his contract with the Raptors.

Granted, Siakam, who was an All-Star in 2020, has already been mentioned in connection with one interesting trade scenario. Moving Siakam would likely signal a commitment to a full-scale rebuild on Toronto’s part but probably cannot be ruled out.

Raptors react to being booed at ‘home’ game

Nick Nurse

The Toronto Raptors lost another tough game on Thursday night in what has been an incredibly challenging season, and they continued to receive very little support from the “home” fans.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions in Canada, the Raptors have had to play all of their home games in Tampa. There were roughly 2,000 fans in attendance at Amalie Arena on Thursday, and they booed the “home team” during their 131-129 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards. Pascal Siakam said the Raptors have grown used to it.

“We’ve felt like we’ve been on the road all year so I don’t think it’s something new,” Siakam told reporters, via TSN’s Josh Lewenberg. “You kinda get caught like, oh, where are we? But we’re kinda used to it.”

The Raptors fell to 27-40 with the loss. They’re four games out of the No. 10 seed in the Eastern Conference, which would put them in the play-in tournament for a shot at making the playoffs. It’s fair to wonder how much better the Raptors would have played if they weren’t essentially on the road all year.

Head coach Nick Nurse is clearly annoyed with the situation, as evidenced by his response when he was asked about the boos on Thursday night. Nurse mentioned how he coached many games in Europe where the home fans booed.

“So I didn’t really notice it tonight. Thanks for pointing it out,” he said. “When you write your season-ending article you can add it to the list of things that went into this weird season.”

Nurse’s response wasn’t surprising, as he has not been in the best mood this week. The coach also slammed a report earlier this week that criticized one of his former assistants.

The Raptors have five games left, with three of them being at “home.” While they are not yet mathematically eliminated from the postseason, they probably can’t wait for the season to end.

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Pascal Siakam was not fined for incident with Nick Nurse

Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam was not fined for his verbal exchange with Nick Nurse, despite a report to the contrary.

Shams Charania reported on Tuesday that Siakam was fined $50,000 for “directing several choice words” at Nurse as the Raptors walked off the floor following a loss to Cleveland on Sunday. The story was later amended to say that no discipline had been made official and that Toronto was still considering things.

TSN’s Josh Lewenberg also said that Siakam has not been fined.

The Raptors lost 116-105 to the Cavs. That was their eighth straight loss. They lost to the Rockets on Monday for their ninth straight loss, which also snapped Houston’s 20-game losing streak.

Toronto is really sinking, which explains Siakam’s anger and frustration. He was also benched in late December as discipline for leaving the floor early during a prior loss.

Pascal Siakam benched by Raptors as discipline for leaving floor early

Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam was benched by the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night as a disciplinary measure.

Siakam fouled out with a minute to go in the Raptors’ 100-93 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. He exited the floor after fouling out rather than remain with his team on the sideline.

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said at the time that he did not know what Siakam had done. But Nurse recognized Siakam was having a hard night after fouling out and shooting just 8/23.

Toronto decided to bench Siakam for the team’s home game against the New York Knicks.

The Raptors are off to a 0-3 start this season. Last season they had the second-best record in the Eastern Conference but lost in the playoffs to the Boston Celtics. Siakam had a rough series against Boston.

Kyle Lowry shares his advice for Pascal Siakam following rough playoff series

Pascal Siakam

Kyle Lowry shared what his advice would be to Pascal Siakam following the Toronto Raptors’ playoff loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 on Friday night.

Toronto won the NBA championship last year and got eliminated in the conference semifinals this year. Siakam had a rough series against Boston, averaging only 14.9 points per game on 39.4 percent shooting. The 26-year-old forward didn’t make more than five field goals in a game over the last three playoff games.

Lowry experienced plenty of playoff struggles during his career before changing his reputation recently and knows what to say to Siakam.

“When we got swept by the Wizards I read every single article. I read every single thing that was said about me – good, bad, evil, terrible, awesome, and I used it as motivation. And that’s what (Siakam) is going to do. That’s the advice I would give him,” Lowry said via TSN 1050’s Josh Lewenberg.

The Raptors got swept by the Wizards in 2015 and Lowry shot just 31.6 percent that series. He’s been there and experienced the highs and lows and let that help him become a better player. His advice might be able to help Siakam make the most of a tough situation.