Magic agree to trade Ibaka to Raptors

15 February, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Ora Austin
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Toronto will send lower of its two first-round picks to Orlando in 2017, league sources tell @TheVertical.

In a head-scratching decision, the Orlando Magic are finalizing a trade that would send forward Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors. If general manager Masai Ujiri's plan is to essentially become the Eastern Conference's version of the Los Angeles Clippers - a very good regular season team that needs more luck than other pseudo-contenders to actually win it all - that's OK. Ibaka will now slide into the team's power forward spot and fill an enormous hole for the Raptors.

They could now be more of a threat to the Cavaliers, after Love had an operation on his left knee in NY.

Boston's chances of catching Cleveland have improved with the Kevin Love injury. Following two seasons of drama and trade rumors, he has blended in with stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. If there ever was an opportunity for Toronto to make the Finals, it would be this year. The second-year wing has shown tremendous promise as a three-and-D wing. A hot start to this year got some thinking Ross made the leap toward being a legit plus contributor.

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The logjam is now cleared and he will have an opportunity to prove his worth. Ibaka will instantly be able to step in and give them solid production in a position where they've needed help all season long.

Now, the Raptors can utilize a stretch four at all times and don't need to pair Jonas Valanciunas with another traditional big like Bebe Nogueira or Jakob Poeltl.

Ibaka helps narrow that gap for the Raptors. However, Ibaka is still a strongly valued commodity in today's game thanks to his rare combination of long-range shooting and declining-but-still-existent rim protection.

At 27 years old, Ibaka presents the team with a piece that fits now and for the future. As it happens, Ibaka shares an agent, Andy Miller, with another free agent-to-be - Lowry. But even if Ibaka leaves for nothing this summer, Ujiri made the right call in pursuing him as a rental and he did well to avoid parting with any major assets to get it done.

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