• Pascal Siakam did not request any trade, according to his agent
  • Siakam and Nurse have moved on from their locker room confrontation
  • Siakam is raring to make up for a lackluster season

Pascal Siakam is not leaving the Toronto Raptors despite numerous trade rumors suggesting the Cameroonian is headed out the door.

According to Siakam’s agent Todd Ramasar in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio via Twitter, the 27-year-old will be staying in Toronto.

“I’ve only had reassurance from the Raptors that Pascal is obviously with them to stay,” Ramasar stated. “I think in some ways the Raptors and Siakam were easy targets just based on the season they had, starting with the fact that they weren’t even playing in Toronto.”

Ramasar added that he is aware that Siakam did not have a good turnout last NBA season and it was only natural that pundits would stir speculations about his future.

Regardless, Siakam is allegedly looking forward to the upcoming NBA season and is recovering well after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Considering "Spicy P" was coming off a sensational NBA title run with the Raptors, the bar was set high.

But with key players from that campaign moving out, it was apparent that Toronto would need to double their effort and repeat that NBA title conquest.

Aside from his not-so-good performance, there was that alleged misunderstanding with head coach Nick Nurse. This was already addressed by Raptors President Masai Ujiri in a previous post.

Ujiri addressed that locker room confrontation back in March where Nurse and Siakam got into a heated argument.

But the 51-year-old downplayed all that, saying that Nurse and Siakam are in a much better place now.

Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors Getty Images | Douglas P. DeFelice

With the Siakam trade rumors addressed, the immediate order of business for Toronto is to get their campaign back on track. They are pinning their hopes on their new young core.

Aside from Siakam, other players tasked to help the Raptors include Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr. and Scottie Barnes.