With the NBA season only a few days away from tipping off, the Toronto Raptors have signed star forward Pascal Siakam to a long-term deal.
Toronto was dealt a tough blow this past offseason when Kawhi Leonard left for Los Angeles. However, the front office has done an excellent job keeping Siakam in town.
Last season, Siakam averaged 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He quickly emerged as the second-best player on the Raptors, and now, management is rewarding him for his production.
According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors have reached an agreement with Siakam on a four-year extension.
This contract will pay him $130 million over the next four years.
Now that Leonard is with the Clippers for the foreseeable future, it appears Siakam has emerged as the new face of the Raptors.
The Raptors drafted Siakam with the 27th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Considering how much he continues to improve on a year-to-year basis, it's easy to see why he received such a lucrative deal.
Siakam can validate his contract with another strong season. He's only 25 years old and should continue to grow in Nick Nurse's offensive system.
Toronto opens the season at home against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.