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Im not 100% on what Siakams value is. He's an amazing player and was all NBA, just not sure if hes more in the Dame camp of value, if its closer to to someone like Jalen Brown or Sabonis or if its somewhere in between. Not sure if this is enough, however i think the Raps find a lot of value in this trade. First. Because this comes up in every Gordon trade. The 3rd year is basically non garunteed. The provisions on his contract mean that unless he wins a chip and a few other performance measures mean then the team has the option to decline it. Basically making this a two year contract. That may still be a hard pill to swallow, but he fills a big gap in the Raptors roster. Guards. Gordon and Dragic could be the best 1-2 bench guard combo in the league. They would help balance the inexperience guys like Barnes (staring in place of Siakam) and Precious.
Wood is the get here. Obviously not the player Siakam is, he does help fill a need for the team in a quality starting center. His defensive deficiency would be more than covered with Barnes and OG next to him. His contract is up in 2 years which is when Gordons contract comes off the books too, meaning you will open up a bunch of cap to either spend on Wood, or look to free agency.
Tate also fits that Raps mentality. As a Houston die hard, he reminds me of a smaller PJ Tucker, who was a fan favourite in Toronto before he moved over go Houston.
Another maybe. Wiggins has been great for the Warriors, but for a team with a historical luxury tax and a plethora of Wings, moving Wiggins for a package including another lottery pick and a pick next year could be appealing. Especially when you save around $8m (which would be a a massive luxury tax saving). Getting vets like Theis and Augustine help fill some holes while the team recovers from injuries and find their feet.
Duarte is the type of rookie GS should love. Hes been really impressive during pre season, and he adds to that group of next up and comers (Poole, Kuminga, Moody, Wiseman) on the roster to balance out the aging top half (Steph, Klay, Draymond, Iggy).
Line up (Klay out):
Sabonis needs a defensive player next to him. And while Turner is great in that regard, theres no denying the positional fit has been awkward the last couple years. Siakam give Sabonis the best player hes played with in Indy and bumps them into the top tier of eastern playoff teams. Giving up this early on Duarte will sting for fans. But its the price you pay for an All Star, even if theyre coming off of an injury.
Line up (TJ out):
This is big for Houston. I means they change things up a bit to start getting some wins on the board. Not many mind you, but enough to remain optimistic about the future of the franchise. Losing Wood sucks. But unfortunately on a team that lacks defense, Woods on court issues stick out even more.
The focus for this team should be on KPJ, Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun.
Yes Sengun has already shown enough to establish himself with the other two as cornerstones of the team going forward.
Swapping Wood for Turmer mean Sengun can start next to the more defensive minded center. Sengun has similarities to Turners current running mate Sabonis, however in his short time, he has shown a willingness to help on the defensive end and IMO is the better passing big.
Wiggins is EXACTLY the type of player this team should be looling at. He can take the defensive pressure off the young back court, while also being able to step up offensively during these early teething issues. His age along with Turners fit the timeline IMO despite others thinking they would be too old.
This works in a couple of ways for the Rockets. 1. They help defensively which takes presure the young guys. 2. They dont make the team.. SIGNIFICANTLY better. At least not right at the minute. They could be great players on the team down the line. But for now, they dont move the needle too much, to the point where Houston would need to completely re-evaluate their timeline.