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Raptors Forward Pascal Siakam Opens Up On His Mental State Amidst Trade Buzz

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Toronto Raptors traded OG Aunonoby to The New York Nicks in return Immanuel Quckley and RJ Barrett came to the Toronto-based franchise. They are set to make further changes to their roster, as it is expected that Pascal Siakam’s trade is inevitable. He is expected to make a move before the trade deadline on Feb 8.

The Pacers, Hawks, and Kings have all been interested in him previously. He’s averaging 21.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists a game this season making him suitable to play for any team. Even after being a good defender is often held back due to his inconsistency and average shooting abilities. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fischer both hinted toward the move.

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“League personnel are certainly prepared for a Siakam trade to follow suit. Before this weekend’s deal, Siakam was the Toronto veteran whom rival executives were pegging as the most likely Raptor to be dealt, particularly after the team nearly sent Siakam to the Atlanta Hawks this summer,” league sources revealed to Yahoo Sports.

The Raptors are building their squad around Scottie Barnes who has become Raptor’s primary shot creator. They already have a talented core with Barnes, Barrett, and Quickley. Raptors are planning to bring in more new players by trading Siakam.

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Siakam recently opened up about the buzz surrounding his trade: “I wanna be happy. I wanna play meaningful basketball. I wanna win.”

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Playing basketball and winning is all that matters to him. Staying loyal to the Raptors all these years this move is surely going to affect him to some extent but he is focusing on his game, not on the buzz around him. 

“Changed” Raptors lose to a struggling Pistons side

The Pistons came out of their NBA record-breaking 28-game losing streak with a close 129-127 win over the Raptors. 

Raptors after changes to their squad were expected to up a better performance. Raptors players were clearly devastated. They are sitting at 12th in the Eastern Conference and have lost four of their last five.

Siakam explained how he deals with his emotions after such tough situations. He opened up about how professional athletes deal with the pressure after such a shattering loss and changing scenarios. 

“That’s the thing, right? We got to be robots and just move on. Because that’s what it is. We get paid for it. Right? So you got to move on,” he added.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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