Breaking News: Pascal Siakam refused to be traded to the Kings by the Raptors.

Pascal Siakam reportedly refused to be traded by the Toronto Raptors to the Sacramento Kings, according to NBA insider Zach Lowe of ESPN.

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Siakam, who was dealt to the Indiana Pacers, piqued the curiosity of the Kings.

According to league sources, Lowe wrote, “The Kings were not prepared to sacrifice bundles of picks and cap flexibility for an almost-30 so-so shooter in Siakam who might not have wanted to go there.” “The Kings did not have the expendable blue-chip young player the Raptors craved in at least one of their trades — eventually Immanuel Quickley.”

NBA insider Sam Amick of The Athletic claims that Siakam didn’t think the Kings would be a suitable long-term match for him. It is generally anticipated that the All-Star forward would re-sign with the Pacers when he becomes an unrestricted free agency this summer.

Siakam is averaging 22.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 54 games this season for the Raptors and Pacers. He is also shooting 53.5% from the field, 34.0% from beyond the arc, and 72.9% from the free-throw line. His salary is $37.9 million.

Surprisingly, the Pacers are just 7-8 when Siakam is starting. With a 31–25 overall record, they are ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference.

With the Raptors and Pacers, Siakam, an NBA champion, has averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.6 blocks over his career. Both two All-Star and two All-NBA teams have included him.

Along with the Raptors, Siakam was also named the 2018–19 Most Improved Player of the Year.

With a 31-23 record, the Kings sit in ninth place in the Western Conference. In seven games, they were defeated by the Golden State Warriors in the 2023 playoffs’ opening round.

With a 19-36 record, the Raptors are now ranked 12th in the East. The series is currently rebuilding.

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