Siakam, Raptors said to be discussing contract extension

Raptors forward Pascal Siakam averaged career highs in points and rebounds last season.

The defending champion Toronto Raptors are discussing a contract extension with forward Pascal Siakam, according to a report from TSN.

Siakam, 25, is coming off a breakout year during the Raptors’ march to the title, proving to be a valuable piece alongside Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. Now that Leonard has moved on to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Raptors are likely to be relying on Siakam more than ever.

Siakam is coming off a breakout performance in 2018-19, one that saw him average a career-high 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game during the regular season. That strong season earned him the 2018-19 Most Improved Player award.

Siakam is 6-foot-9 and stood out at both ends, averaging career-highs in points (16.9) and rebounds (6.9), usually while defending the opponent’s best frontcourt or wing player.

According to TSN, Siakam’s camp is expected to ask for a max contract worth approximately $130 million over four years. The Raptors can extend a $3.5 million qualifying offer next summer, make Siakam a restricted free agent and simply match any offer he receives.