Appreciating Ricky Rubio
A look at the trade chatter surrounding Pascal Siakam and the potential fallout of Erik Spoelstra's deal
Appreciating Ricky Rubio
Pascal Siakam is a hot topic in the trade rumors, but he remains tight-lipped about his uncertain future. While he is flattered to be considered an impact player in trade talks, Siakam remains focused on his role as a player. However, behind-the-scenes chatter reveals that Siakam would not be excited about a trade to the Sacramento Kings. The Kings, who recently ended talks with the Raptors about Siakam, are facing serious questions about their legitimacy as contenders and may only view Siakam as a rental player.
The Raptors may still agree on a contract extension with Siakam, depending on the trade market and the decision of team president Masai Ujiri. However, Siakam is seeking a full-term, max-salary deal regardless of where he lands. The Sacramento Kings do not appear to be a good long-term fit for Siakam if the Raptors do decide to move him.
How do the Lakers improve?
Despite recent reports of locker room disconnect, Lakers coach Darvin Ham is not expected to be replaced anytime soon. Team sources reveal that there is a plan to remain patient with Ham as he grows in his first head coaching role. Although the Lakers have experienced a string of losses, owner Jeanie Buss has expressed her support for Ham. The team will likely look to trades to improve their performance.
After a strong trade deadline in 2023, the Lakers had high hopes for their new foundation. However, another active deadline season is approaching and significant changes may be necessary. Two players in consideration for the Lakers are Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls and Dejounte Murray of the Atlanta Hawks. Both players are represented by the Klutch Sports agency, which also represents LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The impact of Erik Spoelstra's deal
LeBron James' supportive tweet of Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has raised eyebrows in Laker Land. The contrast between James' praise for Spoelstra and his less enthusiastic remarks about his current coach has sparked discussion. Furthermore, Spoelstra's new eight-year, $120 million deal will likely impact the negotiations between Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and team owner Joe Lacob. Kerr, who has more coaching titles than Spoelstra, has a strong case for a significant contract extension.