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Raptors, Heat have 'expressed interest' in Serge Ibaka

Raptors, Heat have 'expressed interest' in Serge Ibaka”

To be abundantly clear, adding Serge Ibaka at the reasonable cost of Terrence Ross and a late first round pick should make the Raptors better for the remainder of this season and moving forward if they choose to retain him. First, some context: The Magic acquired Ibaka during last year's NBA Draft for Victor Oladipo, the 11th overall pick (Domas Sabonis) and Ersan Ilyasova.

Aside from Ibaka's short stint with the Magic, it's worth noting that he'll become a free agent after the season, so the Raptors are focusing on making a serious NBA Finals push this year. Rather than risk losing Ibaka for nothing, the team opted to trade him now to the Raptors.

On-court chemistry has been a problem all season for a Magic team that tried incorporating nine new players along with a new coaching staff led by Vogel.

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The report points out that while the Toronto Raptors have enough assets on paper to acquire any the fore mentioned power forwards, they have been reluctant to part with some of their more attractive assets like Terrence Ross and Bruno Caboclo. "He's got to come out and do his thing and help us".

The issue? All signs indicate Kyle Lowry will exercise his player option to opt-out of his contract this summer to command top-dollar in free agency. The Magic started the day 21-36, the second-worst record in the East. There's reason for optimism with this team and I don't think this is the only trade they're going to make either. This season they're sitting in 5th place heading into the All-Star break, trailing the Cavs, Celtics, Wizards and Hawks. Still, his individual numbers have not suffered from the extra usage: his 3-point percentage, 38.8 per cent, is the highest of his career, and his field-goal percentage, 48.8 per cent, is higher than his last two years. With Ibaka gone, Aaron Gordon will shift over to power forward, a move that could give Ross a starting gig at small forward. The Raptors will convey to the Magic the less desirable of their two first-round picks (their own and one belonging to the Clippers), which should land in the mid-20s.



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