Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic Agree to a Serge Ibaka Trade

Orlando Magic forward Serge Ibaka dribbles against Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes during the second half of an NBA basketball in Dallas Saturday Feb. 11 2017

He will be a free agent this summer after being acquired from Oklahoma City on draft night last summer for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the first-round draft pick that became Domantas Sabonis.

"Serge has been to a finals, he's been to a Western Conference finals, he's played with an MVP, he's played with a possible MVP, he knows how to play the game of basketball", Lowry said.

Ujiri, the Raptors' president, has always been intrigued by Ibaka and tried to pry Ibaka loose from the Oklahoma City Thunder last June.

The ESPN website ran a poll for readers on Tuesday asking what would be the best move for Cleveland to make in terms of dealing with the Kevin Love injury.

Since Jan. 1, the Toronto Raptors have lost 13 of their last 23 games, culminating with a 102-101 loss to the Detroit Pistons in a game that saw the team blow a 15-point fourth quarter lead. How does Ibaka fit in Toronto?

Ujiri, the team president along with GM Jeff Weltman have always been enamoured by Ibaka, a 6-foot-10 native of the Republic of Congo. What Ross provides as a shooter and scorer, though, he lacks elsewhere, having averaged 0.8 assists per game with Toronto this season. Ibaka addresses their shortcomings at power forward that have been present since Chris Bosh's departure.

Should Masai Ujiri and ownership want to retain Ibaka but also keep their luxury tax bill at a more manageable level, they could look to move an existing salary but that will be more complicated than some are expecting. In exchange, Orlando now receives a first-round pick on top of the one it already possesses and a player under team control for the next two seasons at a bargain price. Doing so without giving up any real assets is better. Ibaka can fill the void left by Bismack Biyombo who also signed with Orlando last summer. With multiple point guards capable of handling minutes and Dwane Casey's willingness to play two at a time, plus the continued emergence of Powell, the Raptors probably won't hurt too much for depth on the wing.

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