After trading Kyrie Irving and Markieff Morris to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and picks over the weekend, the Brooklyn Nets aren't done wheeling and dealing.
The Nets continue to explore their trade options and they have had numerous conversations with the Toronto Raptors, according to multiple reports. While Fred VanVleet and O.G. Anunoby have been linked to Brooklyn lately, another name has also come up in the trade talks: Pascal Siakam.
According to Mike Scotto of HoopsHype, Brooklyn has tried to pry Siakam away from the Raptors, offering Ben Simmons and several first-round picks for the 28-year-old forward. Scotto also notes that Toronto covets Nic Claxton, who could potentially be included in a package for Siakam.
Siakam is averaging 24.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.3 threes on .469/.315/.766 shooting splits this season. If the Raptors make Siakam available, there will be plenty of interested teams.
All eyes are on the Raptors as Thursday's trade deadline approaches, as it's unclear whether they'll be a buyer or seller (or simply choose to stand pat). Many rival executives are hoping that Toronto decides to sell off pieces like Siakam, Anunoby, VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr.
Brooklyn has been communicating with Kevin Durant about possible moves as they try to keep him happy and keep the team in contention.
The Nets are currently 32-21, which is the fifth-best record in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn has the NBA's fourth-best offense (scoring 114.2 points per 100 possessions) and 10th-best defense (allowing 110.2 points per 100 possessions).
The Raptors are currently 25-30, which is the 11th-best record in the East. Toronto has the NBA's 14th-ranked offense (scoring 112.0 points per 100 possessions) and 20th-ranked defense (allowing 112.3 points per 100 possessions).