The NBA trade deadline is just two weeks away and teams are starting to make moves for not only the post season but the future as well.
Today the Orlando Magic decided to deal Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors for Terrence Ross & a 2017 first round pick. The deal brings an end to Ibaka’s short and unsuccessful stint with the Magic.
In June last year the Magic dealt young guard Victor Oladipo, journeyman big man Ersan Illyasova and a first round pick (Domantas Sabonjas) to the Thunder for Ibaka. For all those pieces they now hold a 20+ pick in the draft, half a season from Ibaka and a promising but inconsistent player in Ross.
For the Raptors it seems to be a decent deal as they attempt to keep pace in the East. Ibaka gives them much needed interior defense and the ability to stretch the floor, opening up lanes for DeRozan and Lowry but it’s hard to see this deal making them compete with the Cavs.
Terrence Ross may be the big winner in the deal as he gets to showcase his full potential on a nightly basis. Often Ross was smothered by the likes of Lowry & DeRozan on offense but won’t have the same problems in Orlando. He’s a proven three point threat with outstanding athleticism on a team that is currently lacking any sort of direction.