The Toronto Raptors acquired for Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic on Tuesday in exchange for Terrence Ross and a first-round draft pick. The trade was first reported by The Vertical and later confirmed by both franchises.
The trade ultimately gives the Oklahoma City Thunder a big win in a deal that sent Ibaka to Orlando in the summer. Oklahoma City received Victor Oladipo in the trade — a budding young player.
Ibaka has one year left on his contract. However, the Raptors will have his bird rights and The Vertical reported they have “every intention” of re-signing him in the summer. The deal could prove out to be nice come playoff time and the Raptors search for some defense.
Ibaka is averaging 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game this season.
In Ross, Orlando will receive a playmaker of sorts. Ross is averaging 10.4 points per game off the bench and might be able to wiggle himself into a starting role in Orlando.