Should Pascal Siakam Be Traded?
The answer to this is a resounding no, as Siakam is still just 26 years-old and fine-tuning the strengths and weaknesses in his game; more likely than not, he still hasn’t even hit the prime years of his career. As a team that invested in him with a contract extension this past season, you have to see your investment through. Just like it isn’t smart to sell your newly acquired stock after the first sign of a dip in its value, you can’t do the same with Siakam.
He works too hard, wants to be great, and most importantly, this year was his very first experience as the number one option in a playoff series; on top of that, he was going up against a team with a first-team all-defensive guard checking him in Marcus Smart as well as two other stout defensive wings in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
Between Siakam’s youth, lack of playoff experience as the go-to option, personnel he was playing against and adjusting to playing during a global pandemic, the circumstances were tough and thus it’s unfair to make permanent decisions in terms of his future. Let him stick around and continue to grow.