Report: Raptors rejected Hawks’ offer of Hunter, Griffin, picks for Siakam

Report: Raptors rejected Hawks' offer of Hunter, Griffin, picks for Siakam

The Atlanta Hawks haven’t enticed the Toronto Raptors in talks for Pascal Siakam so far.

The Raptors rebuffed an offer from the Hawks consisting of De’Andre Hunter, AJ Griffin, and draft picks in exchange for the Cameroonian star forward, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

It’s not clear what draft compensation Atlanta tabled. Since teams cannot be without first-rounders in consecutive years, the franchise’s first-round picks are effectively tied up until 2029 at the earliest due to their obligations to the San Antonio Spurs, according to RealGM. Toronto has seemingly been unimpressed so far and has insistently raised its price, according to Charania. The teams reportedly talked at Las Vegas Summer League in early July but negotiations are now on hold.

One factor working against the Raptors amid recent trade interest from multiple suitors is that Siakam won’t sign an extension with a team that acquires him, sources told Charania.

Atlanta, which shipped starting power forward John Collins to the Utah Jazz this offseason for little in return, is content to begin the season with its current roster, sources told Charania.

Siakam, 29, is entering the final year of the four-year, $136.9-million extension he signed with the Raptors in October 2019. He’s eligible for another four-year max extension, this one worth approximately $192 million, but there reportedly haven’t been any meaningful discussions. Siakam hasn’t asked to be traded, sources told Charania.

The two-time All-Star could be hoping to position himself to land a massive deal from Toronto next summer as a free agent. If he earns a third career All-NBA selection this season, he would be eligible for a five-year super-max contract from the Raptors that could pay him north of $290 million. With any other team, however, the deal would be limited to approximately $184 million over four years.

Hunter put up a career-high 15.4 points per game in 2022-23, but his overall production has stalled since his sophomore campaign. A serviceable wing defender, the 25-year-old posted rounded shooting splits of 46/35/83 across 67 starts last season.

Griffin, meanwhile, is coming off a respectable rookie campaign in which he averaged 8.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 72 games (12 starts) while shooting 39% from beyond the arc. His father, new Milwaukee Bucks head coach Adrian Griffin, was an assistant on the Raptors from 2019 until the Bucks hired him in May.

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