2. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are reportedly hard on Siakam's tail but are understandably reluctant to part with prospects Jarace Walker or Bennedict Mathurin for a player who may end up spending less than half a season in Indiana.
Again, enter plan B Jerami Grant.
Portland should do everything it can to land Walker if Cronin sends Grant to the Midwest. However, other options could still be attractive to the Blazers, including Buddy Hield's expiring salary, a few of the Pacers' eight first-round picks between 2024 and 2030, and lesser-heralded young players such as Isaiah Jackson, Jalen Smith, Ben Sheppard, Andrew Nembhard and Oscar Tshiebwe.
Putting Grant next to a point guard like Tyrese Haliburton - for the rest of this season and the next four - would unlock the best in what he has to offer offensively. Adding his athleticism and 7-1 wingspan to a group that includes Myles Turner, Haliburton and theoretically Mathurin would give Indiana more switchability than it has now with Hield, Bruce Brown and Obi Toppin.