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Toronto Raptors acquire Serge Ibaka in exchange for Terrence Ross

Toronto Raptors acquire Serge Ibaka in exchange for Terrence Ross

They gave up the No. 11 pick (Domantas Sabonis), Victor Oladpio and Ersan Ilyasova during last year's draft to land Ibaka.

Ibaka, drafted 24th overall in 2008, averaged 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 56 games with Orlando.

Ross himself is averaging 10.4 points per game this year. Powell represents the first significant time a Raptors second round pick has worked out in the National Basketball Association.

The recent acquisition of Serge Ibaka will definitely boost the Toronto Raptors' bid to finally break the spell and once and for all reach the NBA Finals. In fact, Ibaka has a higher 3 point percentage than Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Durant while putting up similar amounts of attempts per game. Ibaka's real age has always been a point of speculation in the league, something that is sometimes a concern for players born in developing nations going through civil war like DR Congo, according to multiple sources. However, Ross has been considered an enigma during his time in Toronto.

Ibaka helps narrow that gap for the Raptors.

The Orlando Magic may seem like they are on the losing end of the trade, although the move was likely motivated by the team's belief that they can not re-sign Ibaka during the off-season. The power forward was embraced by the Raptors in exchange for Terence Ross and a first round pick of 2017.


The Magic saw the handwriting n the wall with the February 23 trade deadline fast-approaching to get somethibng for Ibaka, who gave no indication he would re-sign with the Magic.

Orlando may have given up the shot-blocking power forward over worries of his looming free agency, something which was reportedly behind their decision to trade the aforementioned Oladipo last summer. Valanciunas loses the most with this trade and Terrence Ross will see more minutes in Orlando.

For two years, the Raptors have been viewed as being just short of truly being able to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers for Eastern Conference supremacy.

The Raptors only lost Terrence Ross and a late first-round pick, and then they went on the floor at the United Center and showed why they needed Ibaka.

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

At best, Ross is an occasionally serviceable bench player for a good team, but one who has bad efficiency written all over him with an increase in touches.