1. Most likely trade
The New York Knicks must insist on giving up Julius Randle over R.J. Barrett, and they should play hardball on what draft picks they give up. It will not be their unprotected firsts going to Toronto. The Pistons and Wizards selections they own in 2024 are both heavily protected, and they are the type of firsts that make this deal look larger, but keep the price down for New York.
This is still a massive haul for Siakam, and one the Raptors would struggle to refuse under the current circumstances.
Julius Randle, Immanuel Quickley, and Quentin Grimes are in the Raptors’ rotation immediately. It gives them more depth and versatility under new head coach Darko Rajakovic. Toronto arguably improves its odds of contention and its long-term future here.
The Knicks get a star and still have the assets to acquire another. Jalen Brunson, Pascal Siakam, and R.J. Barrett are a dangerous top three with the potential to improve. This trade could push New York into title contention, and the race is wide open.
Will the New York Knicks pull off a blockbuster trade this summer? The odds are dwindling each day, but fans should hold out hope. The franchise has the assets and the desire, so stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.