As the first installment of the “Trade Candidate Series” outlined, we’re going to be taking a look at a few extension-eligible players who could conceivably make sense for the LA Clippers as trade options. The Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green was up first, but we’re not at all done here.
“Who y’all taking next year?” Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse joked during his pregame media session prior to a game in Los Angeles against the Clippers on March 16.
Nurse obviously was speaking in jest, but it is possibly a valid question at this point. Back in 2019, the Clippers signed Kawhi Leonard away from the Raptors. A year later, the Clippers signed Serge Ibaka to the mid-level exception. This past season, they traded for Norman Powell.
While Powell wasn’t with the Raptors at the time the Clippers made a move for him, he is someone the Raptors had on their roster recently. But he also might not be the last Raptor (or former Raptor) to join the Clippers.
Toronto star Pascal Siakam is due for a contract extension this offseason. Siakam is under contract for two more years — the upcoming 2022-23 season and the 2023-24 season. Siakam, 28, is due $35.4 million and $37.9 million, respectively, in the final two years of the deal.
By the time an extension kicks in for Siakam, he’ll be 30 years old. Siakam averaged 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.3…