Orlando Magic trade Serge Ibaka to Toronto, sources say
00:55, Feb 15, 2017
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But he was just one of several names mentioned, including Serge Ibaka of the Magic. This year's draft is said to be deep with talent, so the Magic could pick up a promising young player as well.
Ross signed through 2018-19 season (combined $31 million).
Ross, who was in his 5th season with the Raptors, was averaging his usual 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Portland native was the victor of the 2013 Slam Dunk Contest. We've got to have seven, eight guys. "So he brings a lot". With free-agent decisions looming for Lowry, Ibaka and Patterson.
The Magic's hope was that they could rotate big men Nikola Vucevic, Bismack Biyombo and Ibaka into their lineup this season and still hold up defensively against the growing National Basketball Association trend of "small ball".
In Ross, the Raptors' lose a streaky 3-point shooter who can hit any shot, finish well in transition and jump passing lanes. That could be troublesome for a Cleveland team that seemed destined for the NBA Finals, as several contenders are still waiting in the wings in the Eastern Conference.
"So it has been tough to play two bigs, " Vogel continued.
Orlandoacquired Ibaka from the Oklahoma City Thunder on draft night past year in an attempt to help push the team closer to the playoffs. In essence, the Magic chose Fournier - signed to a five-year contract extension last summer - over Oladipo because of the dramatic difference in the efficiency of their play.
A three-time All-Defensive First Team selection during his time in Oklahoma City, Ibaka didn't have a transformative defensive impact during his short stint in Orlando. He's shooting 37.5 percent from behind the arc, right in line with his career averages. Should the Magic have held out for more? The Raptors therefore achieved much better positional balance, added a veteran with loads of playoff experience, and addressed their biggest weakness without emptying their cupboard of assets. "It's been a rough, rough season with so many ups and downs". There's reason for optimism with this team and I don't think this is the only trade they're going to make either. "It just doesn't make sense".
The Raptors have been struggling to find a starting power forward this season, and Ibaka is a great fit for that need. Thus, his fantasy value will likely take a slight hit, as he won't see the same number of scoring opportunities playing alongside Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. As strong an acquisition as Ibaka is, Ross could wind up benefitting the most from heading to the Sunshine State. They trail the Wizards by 1.5 games.
The Magic will also get a first round pick from the Raptors in the deal.
The deal was still awaiting league approval on Tuesday afternoon and it's unlikely that Ibaka will be in the Raptors lineup before the National Basketball Association all-star break ends next week.
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