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Why Pascal Siakam didn’t prefer a trade to Sacramento

Jun 20, 2024, 12:19 PM

Pascal Siakam #43 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball while being guarded by Davion Mitchell #1...

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - FEBRUARY 02: Pascal Siakam #43 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball while being guarded by Davion Mitchell #15 of the Sacramento Kings in the second quarter at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on February 02, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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When Pascal Siakam, then a member of the Toronto Raptors, was clearly on the trade block during the season, the Sacramento Kings seemed like a prime candidate to acquire the versatile forward.

Then, with Siakam and the Raptors warming up for that night’s matchup in Golden 1 Center, a report came out that the Kings and Raptors had stalled conversations. Before the deadline, the Indiana Pacers agreed to a move for the former NBA Champion.

The Athletic’s Sam Amick shared new details on what may have quieted the Pascal Siakam to Sacramento talks.

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“For better or for worse, on the Siakam side, there were imprints from his camp that over the years — and I don’t know form this took — but that there were, behind the scenes, somewhat disparaging remarks made that came from the Kings about his game,” Amick said.

“The way it was framed to me was that in an attempt to drive down what it would take to get him, some gossipy-type feedback on his game had gotten back to him.”

Negotiations are a large part of the NBA. As you hear so often, this league is a business, but sometimes, that can cause complications, as it appears to have done in this situation with Pascal Siakam.

When is the next NBA off-season date of interest?

The NBA Draft is now a two-night event.

Wednesday, June 26th, will act as the first night of the 2024 NBA Draft, where the Sacramento Kings will make their first-round selection (13th). The second round of the draft will be held on Thursday, June 27th, where the Kings will use its 45th overall pick.

Sacramento hasn’t had a first-round pick since 2022, when it selected Iowa product Keegan Murray with the fourth overall pick.

Stay locked into Sactown Sports for all of your Kings draft coverage, including player profiles, reports regarding pre-draft workouts, draft night coverage, and much more.

NBA Offseason Schedule

  • Wednesday, June 26-Thursday, June 27th – 2024 NBA Draft
  • Sunday, June 30th – Free Agent negotiating window opens (3 PM PST)
  • Saturday, July 6th – Free Agents can officially sign contracts
  • July 12-22nd – Las Vegas Summer League
  • July 27-August 11th – 2024 Olympic Games
  • Friday, September 27th – NBA training camps begin

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