Serge Ibaka-Terrence Ross trade: Fantasy winners and losers
- Author: Regina Holmes Feb 15, 2017,
Feb 15, 2017, 0:54
The Toronto Raptors have agreed to acquire Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic for Terrence Ross, according to a person familiar with the deal. The price then was deemed exorbitant - one of Ross or Norm Powell, Cory Joseph and the No. 9 pick in last June's draft - and Oklahoma City eventually dealt Ibaka to Orlando for Victor Oladipo.
The 27-year-old Ibaka is averaging a career high 15.1 points per game this year and is shooting 38.8 percent from behind the three-point arc.
The Magic were reportedly concerned about their ability to retain Ibaka, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Ibaka should provide a big boost to Toronto's defence - the Raptors rank 17th in the National Basketball Association in defensive efficiency. "He's proven he can play this game and help us and now he has no excuses".
The Raptors have fallen to the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff race in recent weeks, due to a DeMar DeRozan injury and poor play.
Ross signed through 2018-19 season (combined $31 million).
The issue? All signs indicate Kyle Lowry will exercise his player option to opt-out of his contract this summer to command top-dollar in free agency.
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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".
General manager Rob Hennigan is on the hottest of hot seats, with the conventional wisdom around the National Basketball Association being that Orlando will make a change there this summer.
The Toronto Raptors have finally got the defensive big man they've been coveting.
The Raptors did not make an official announcement but a source confirmed the deal to The Canadian Press.
The Raptors have been struggling to find a starting power forward this season, and Ibaka is a great fit for that need. He hasn't progressed like the Raptors hoped, as Ross' scoring average failed to improve since his second season in the league.
The draft pick going to Orlando will be the worst of the two the Raptors have for this summer.