Serge Ibaka is heading to the Raptors
The Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors have agreed on a deal that sees power forward Serge Ibaka traded to the Raptors.
In exchange, the Magic will get shooting guard/small forward Terrence Ross and a 2017 first round pick.
The deal comes less than 8 months after the Magic acquired Ibaka from the Thunder in exchange for Victor Oladipo.
Ibaka has historically been one of the league’s top stretch-4s with his ability to shooting the ball from the outside and protect the paint with his shot blocking. It’s easy to see how his addition will bolster an already impressive Raptors team.
The 27-year-old is averaging 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 30.5 minutes a night while shooting almost 39% from the outside with the Magic.
Ibaka is set to become a free agent this summer and while the Magic didn’t believe they could re-sign him, the Raptors seem convinced they’ll be able to.
On the other side of the deal, Terrence Ross moves from the Raptors to the Magic.
The 6-7. 26-year-old wing is averaging 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and a steal a game with Toronto. Known for his combination of athleticism and outside shooting, Ross is knocking down 37% of his 3-point attempts this season, which is right in-line with his career average.
Ross’s minutes have decreased in each of the last four seasons and now with the emergence of Norman Powell, he’s playing just 22.4 minutes a night.
Things could get better for Ross in Orlando as this move should allow Aaron Gordon to go back to his natural power forward position and Ross could fill Gordon’s starting small forward spot.
Ross is signed for two more seasons and $10.5 million a year.
Orlando also receives the Los Angeles Clippers first-round pick, which Toronto owned.
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