Siakam, Gasol, Powell all out indefinitely with injuries

Siakam, Gasol, Powell all out indefinitely with injuries

The Toronto Raptors’ injury woes went from bad to worse Thursday night.

The team announced Pascal SiakamMarc Gasol and Norman Powell are all out indefinitely with injuries suffered during Wednesday’s win against the Detroit Pistons.

The injuries to Gasol and Powell were expected, however the Siakam news is surprising.

The 25-year-old Siakam suffered a a stretched groin after an awkward landing late in the fourth quarter while Gasol suffered a left hamstring injury while running back on defence on a fast break.

Powell was also injured late in the game after he walked into a screen set by Pistons forward Blake Griffin. The Raptors guard immediately grabbed his shoulder and was helped to the locker room by members of Toronto’s training staff. After testing in Toronto, it was determined he sustained a subluxation of the left shoulder.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly been interested in acquiring Dennis Schröder from the Toronto Raptors ahead of the trade deadline

There’s reportedly at least one team interested in acquiring Dennis Schröder ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.

It’s unclear if the Toronto Raptors are willing to part with the 30-year-old point guard but Schröder is said to be a player “on the radar” for the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski. Both Schröder and former Raptors guard Kyle Lowry have been mentioned as potential targets for the Timberwolves who are looking to add a backup point guard ahead of the deadline.

Schröder has proven he can be a contributor on some pretty good teams in the past. Just last season, for example, he helped the Los Angeles Lakers reach the conference finals in the West and would be an inexpensive addition for Minnesota this season.

The 6-foot-1 Schröder signed a two-year, $25 million deal to join Toronto this past summer and is owed $13 million next year which could complicate his trade value for a Timberwolves team that is deep into the luxury tax next year.

A trade for Schröder would likely have to include Kyle Anderson whose $9.2 million contract his year is set to expire this summer. It would give Toronto an additional $13 million in salary cap space for next summer, giving the Raptors as much as $48.7 million at their disposal.

Schröder is averaging 13.6 points and 6.2 assists per game this season while shooting 44.2% from the field and 34.6% from three-point range.

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