Toronto (Canada), Oct. 19 – Cameroonian power forward Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors agreed to an extension of the rookie contract for a maximum of four years and $ 130 million, confirming him as the new franchise player Current NBA league champions.
The parties completed the contract extension signature on Saturday afternoon, before 6:00 p.m. Monday, set as the deadline for the extensions of the players that were selected in the 2016 university draw.
Siakam’s new agreement and contract signing with the Raptors was announced by Todd Ramasar and Jaafar Choufani, player agents.
With the agreement, Siakam, 25, who is considered a key prospect in the development of the Raptors, became the third player in Rookie Class of 2016 to accept a maximum contract, after they already did the Australian base Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia Sixers and Canadian Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets.
Siakam, chosen by the Raptors in the 27th place of the first round of the university draw, began playing basketball at age 16 in his native Cameroon, and last season he was chosen as the player who had the greatest development in the competition of the regular season
The new Raptors figure also became one of the keys that allowed the Canadian team to win the past NBA Finals, their first title in franchise history.
Siakam achieved averages of 19.8 points; 7.5 rebounds; 3.7 assists and 0.7 blocks in the six games of the NBA finals played by the Raptors against the Golden State Warriors and won 4-2 to better than seven.
The contribution of Siakam, with an average of 23.8 points and 59 percent of success in the field shots was decisive in the final triumph of the Raptors, who also had the support of forward Kawhi Leonard, who signed as agent during the summer Free with the Los Angeles Clippers.
After Leonard’s departure, Siakam is now the new team leader, where veteran Spanish power forward Marc Gasol, and baseman Kyle Lowry, are the other two important players who also helped win the title.