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Lowry on Siakam: He’s one of the most talented players in our league

Pascal Siakam Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors Pascal Siakam Kyle Lowry - The Canadian Press

With All-Star power forward Pascal Siakam appearing to be on the move, former teammate and Toronto Raptors legend Kyle Lowry is giving him plenty of praise. 

On Wednesday afternoon, the Raptors and Indiana Pacers were finalizing a deal to send Siakam to Indiana in exchange for a package that includes Bruce Brown and three first-round picks, according to multiple reports.

"Pascal's one of the ultimate professional athletes there is. I think he's going to continue to do his job at a high level no matter what" the veteran Miami Heat point guard told the media earlier on Wednesday. "I don't have advice for him but I know he's going to go out there and play his game and control what he can control. 

"Pascal, my beloved one, is one of the most coveted players in our league, he’s one of the most talented players in our league and whatever happens with him he’ll be successful. I’m always going to love him and support him and be happy for him."

Lowry's Heat are in Toronto and will take on the Raptors Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena. 

The Raptors have already been busy on the trade marker this season, acquiring forward RJ Barrett, guard Immanuel Quickley and a 2024 second-round pick from the New York Knick in exchange for forwards O.G. Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa as well as guard Malachi Flynn late last month. 

Siakam, 29, is in the final season of his four-year, $136.9 million deal and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

The 6-foot-8 forward has been the subject of trade rumours involving multiple teams throughout the season, but the subject of an extension in Toronto hasn't been ruled out.

Siakam is averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists this season, his eighth in Toronto after being selected 27th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Raptors. 

The native of Cameroon was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2020, the All-NBA Third Team in 2022, and helped the Raptors win the NBA championship in 2019.

Toronto has dropped four games in a row and sit 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 15-25 record.