Lakers' top PF trade target: Pascal Siakam
Of all the potential big swings that the Los Angeles Lakers can take at the deadline this season the one that makes the most sense is Pascal Siakam. LaVine doesn't make sense for a myriad of reasons, Dejounte Murray is probably a tad too expensive and Donovan Mitchell is out of the realm of possibility.
Siakam, though, may absolutely be on the table. Siakam is an expiring contract and has been in the trade rumor mill for months. Many expect Siakam to be the next player who is moved after the Raptors traded OG Anunoby to the New York Knicks.
While Siakam is a great player that can be the difference in a title push, his cost is not going to be as high as some may think. Early reports are that Siakam won't sign a new contract if he is traded, which does lower his trade value.
It would take pretty much all of the Lakers' available assets but they could theoretically afford Siakam knowing all of these details. A package of Rusell, Hachimura, Jalen Hood-Schifino and draft capital may be enough to get the deal done. Los Angeles can trade first-round pick swaps in 2028 and 2030 as well as its unprotected first in 2029.
Raptors fans will disagree, but the cost for Siakam is probably two first-round picks, so one first-round pick and two swaps may be more than enough. It would be a huge swing for the Lakers but would at least be a commitment toward winning a championship this season.