Valanciunas could wind up being eclipsed in Toronto, even without a deal. One of the aims of the offseason for the Raptors was to both unload some salary and clear up playing time for some younger, hungrier players the Raptors have been developing. Among those are second-year men Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam, and both had very good showings this summer.
Poeltl spent time back home in Austria, but returned to North America soon after to begin reshaping his shooting mechanics and extend his range (Poeltl took only four percent of his shots from outside 10 feet last season). He averaged 13.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in Las Vegas, and Siakam averaged 14.3 points with 4.5 rebounds.
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I think there will be an opportunity for me and for Jakob, Siakam told Sporting News. That is how it seems, that there will be more time for younger players on the team, and it is our job to be ready for that. I learned a lot last year, but this year, I want to do more. But I know I am not going to play if you can’t execute.
The Cavs are 12-5 after losing six of their first eight games with Korver. They have a firm hold on the one seed in the East and may be a Finals favorite depending on the prognosis of Kevin Durant.
After all of that, it seems the trade is a total loss for the Hawks. But not so fast, my friends. The Hawks needed to find more draft picks, and more importantly a chance to allow Tim Hardaway Jr. to flourish with more playing time.