Through the 22-23 season, the Phoenix Suns had commerce conversations with the Toronto Raptors on a deal for both OG Anunoby or Pascal Siakam. These conversations weren’t thought of severe and ended after they acquired Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets.
“An attention-grabbing little Phoenix tidbit that is not related anymore, that is not even near related anymore, however it’s simply attention-grabbing: they had been, I realized this week, they had been in talks with the Raptors on both, not each, however both Siakam or Anunoby earlier than the Durant factor grew to become viable for them,” said Zach Lowe on his podcast this week. “They usually pivoted the whole lot to the Durant factor. Which you pivot to Kevin Durant.
“Let me be clear: I do not assume the talks had been severe. I do not assume they had been going to finish up with both of these guys, however it exhibits the optionality that they’d earlier than they went this route.
“Clearly, Toronto did not commerce these guys…”
It was reported last February that the Suns had interest in buying and selling for Anunoby in addition to Fred VanVleet. Phoenix additionally had curiosity in Kyrie Irving earlier than the Durant commerce.
The Raptors waited till the 23-24 season to commerce each Anunoby and Siakam with the previous going to the New York Knicks and the latter being moved to the Indiana Pacers.