1. Pascal Siakam
The Hawks want Siakam. They have made offers, but have not been able to convince the Raptors to accept. Toronto is in a difficult spot and has a crucial decision before the trade deadline.
Siakam is extension-eligible as he enters the final year of his contract. He wants to stay with the Raptors, but are they a contender? They missed the playoffs before losing Fred VanVleet in free agency. It may be time to rebuild in Toronto, which means trading the two-time All-Star to the highest bidder.
The Hawks have been aggressive as they look to build a Big 3 around Trae Young and Dejounte Murray. They only have two first-round draft picks available to trade, which could limit the pursuit.
Teams will hesitate because of his expiring contract, especially if Siakam is unwilling to entertain a long-term contract offer. It could open the door for the Hawks, but can Atlanta complete the deal?
Siakam has averaged over 21 points per game for four straight years and is an elite playmaker at the four. The Hawks could turn their biggest weakness into a strength in a heartbeat by acquiring the two-time All-Star.
Expect the Atlanta Hawks to be aggressive in upgrading their roster this season. Can they find the right trade that helps them make a deep playoff run? Stay tuned to find out.