1. Celtics shake things up for Siakam
Things in Toronto could get a lot more interesting if the Raptors struggle out of the gate. They already lost Fred VanVleet in free agency and are not discussing a Pascal Siakam extension, despite him entering the final year of his contract. The Raptors could be sellers at the deadline with several pieces on the block.
Could the Celtics trade Kristaps Porzingis for Siakam? The 6’9 forward offers more versatility and was an All-Star last season. KP has not made an All-Star appearance since 2018 and has been a step or two below that level in recent years. There are always injury concerns too. Here is what a potential deal could look like.
Boston would have to play extremely small in the playoffs with Siakam at the five in closing lineups, but he could be the player guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bam Adebayo when the Celtics matchup against Milwaukee and Miami. Siakam gives Boston a higher ceiling and brings championship experience to their roster.
Will the Boston Celtics make another massive splash before February’s trade deadline? They are all-in on winning the championship in 2024, so do not be surprised to see more activity. The Celtics have a competitive roster. It is just about adding the final pieces and winning the games when they matter most.