Toronto Raptors Trade Terrence Ross For Serge Ibaka
- Author: Todd Kelly Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 0:57
After weeks of speculation, the Orlando Magic have reportedly traded Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Terrance Ross and a first-round draft pick in this year's draft.
The Magic acquired Ibaka from the Thunder during the 2016 draft when they agreed to send Victor Oladipo as well as #11 pick Domantas Sabonis to OKC. In eight seasons, he's averaged 11.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks. A former first-round pick out of Washington, the 26-year-old is perhaps best known for winning the 2013 Slam Dunk Contest in his rookie year.
The Orlando Magic traded the big man to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Yahoo! Plus, he's actually shooting better from 3 this season than Ross - a career high 38% on 3.8 attempts per game. However, Ross has been considered an enigma during his time in Toronto.
Jeff Green will play a lot at power forward, and Aaron Gordon also will be in the mix at power forward. Blame balky knees and the miles on them if you want, but the Ibaka the a year ago in Oklahoma City and then in Orlando was not the same player. He and Kyrie Irving have routinely been playing heavy minutes, in large part because Cleveland doesn't have a reliable backup point guard after letting Matthew Dellavedova walk as a restricted free agent last summer.
Ibaka fills a hole for the Raptors, who have been missing a productive power forward to go alongside their star backcourt and solid pieces at centre and small forward.
Ibaka is happy to be traded to Toronto and hopes to sign a long-term deal with Toronto this summer, per a source close to the player. Ross is not an unbelievable player, but he will add scoring and depth at the 2/3 position for Orlando, and could possibly tap into some unseen potential, given that he might be seeing more shots now that he doesn't have Demar Derozan or Kyle Lowry playing next to him.
Masai Ujiri first laid eyes on Serge Ibaka more than a decade ago in South Africa, where he watched the Congolese youngster roll for 20 points and 20 rebounds in a FIBA Africa U18 Championship game. Ross is in the second season of a three-year, $30-million contact. That kind of offensive production will be very much welcome in Orlando, as the Magic are now second-to-last in the National Basketball Association with 99.9 points scored per game.