4. Raptors’ dream scenario
Toronto shoots their shot here. Pascal Siakam is an elite player, and the Raptors have zero interest in selling low. His contract is a matter for another day. If someone wants to get Siakam out of Toronto, they must be willing to part with a massive haul. The Raptors will want a superstar return, but this is just too much, especially without the guarantee of a long-term commitment.
The Knicks could trade Barrett, Quickley, and Grimes for at least one first-round draft pick each, so this is an unbelievable haul. New York may consider parting with it for reigning MVP Joel Embiid, but not Siakam. The 29-year-old is an elite talent, but more a top-30 player than a surefire MVP candidate.
The Knicks have zero interest in this package, but it gives the two sides something to work with. How do they meet in the middle? Lessening the player return and draft pick haul is the top priority for New York. The Raptors will be focused on getting multiple selections and talent that can help right now. They have no desire to tank, which could make the negotiations trickier.
The New York Knicks keep R.J. Barrett out of the talks as they look to make things work.