Report: Pascal Siakam Fined $50K by Raptors for Heated Exchange with Nick Nurse

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2021

Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam (43) dribbles against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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The Toronto Raptors fined star Pascal Siakam $50,000 after he had a "verbal exchange" in which "several choice words were issued" toward head coach Nick Nurse, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

The argument came moments after Toronto's 116-105 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers last Sunday.

On Dec. 31, Siakam was benched for the team's 100-83 win over the New York Knicks for disciplinary reasons.

Raptors head of media relations Jennifer Quinn told Doug Smith of the Toronto Star that the team has yet to level any formal discipline against Siakam in regard to Tuesday's report.

Whether the 2020 All-Star has been reprimanded or not, the story comes as Toronto is riding a nine-game losing streak. At 17-26, the Raptors are arguably the most disappointing team in the Eastern Conference—if not the entire NBA.

Siakam has symbolized the franchise's malaise. He's averaging 19.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 29.8 percent from beyond the arc.

While those numbers aren't bad, they aren't what you'd hope to see from a player who's supposed to be the cornerstone of your franchise. Likewise, it isn't ideal when said star gets benched for one game and has a tense exchange with his coach following a loss.

Siakam doesn't appear to be growing into a player who simply has to leave Toronto as soon as possible.

(((Eric Koreen))) @ekoreen

This is bad, and not good. This has been a tough year for Siakam on a number of fronts. Saying that, Serge Ibaka once got into an altercation with a Raptors staff member, and went on to become a super-beloved teammate and person. So, let’s not write him off or whatever. https://t.co/FrWabFRLVv

At the same time, it looks less and less likely that the Raptors will enjoy a surge over the second half of the season to erase the issues that have them situated 11th in the East.