Raptors, Magic agree on Serge Ibaka deal

Feb 15, 2017, 00:31
Raptors, Magic agree on Serge Ibaka deal

- According to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, the Orlando Magic have agreed to a trade that would send power forward Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors for small forward Terrance Ross and a 2017 first round pick.

Toronto went 56-26 last season and finished a game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors have lost 10 of their past 14 games and now sit in fourth place. He is averaging 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 3-pointers in 54 games this season.

At best, Ross is an occasionally serviceable bench player for a good team, but one who has bad efficiency written all over him with an increase in touches. Aaron Gordon should shift from the wing to power forward with Ibaka gone and second-year man Mario Hezonja is not ready to be a starter.

Now Ibaka will slide between DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas in the Raptors frontcourt, a significant upgrade for Raptors GM Masai Ujiri, who has always been a fan of Ibaka's defensive tenacity and ability to stretch the floor on offense.

In exchange for Ibaka, the Magic will get Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick. The Magic acquired Ibaka for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis, who was last year's No. 11 overall pick, in a trade with the Thunder last summer.

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The Raptors have been reeling recently and may be more desperate than then to actually make a deal.

In a vacuum, the trade was a win for both sides.

As noted by SportsNet, Serge Ibaka has a prior relationship with Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, while sharing an agent with Raps All-Star guard Kyle Lowry. He is 27 years old, can be a defensive force and is basically a rental for the Raptors.

Ross has two more full seasons remaining on his contract at a salary of $10.5 million per year.