Toronto Making Moves?
Things got real out in Canada in hopes to make another run at a Conference Finals appearance and potential NBA Finals Appearance.
All year long the Toronto Raptors struggled to have a consistent and productive power forward. Well, this morning they got their wish.
The Orlando Magic traded Serge Ibaka for two-way guard Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round draft pick (first reported by by Adrian Wojnarowski at The Vertical)
Orlando has agreed to trade Serge Ibaka to Toronto for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 14, 2017
Ibaka wasn’t the defensive player he was earlier in his career when he was playing alongside superstars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook before being traded to the Magic over the summer.
Adding forward Serge Ibaka to the mix makes things a bit easier for the Raptors. Ibaka is an elite shot blocker who averages 2.5 blocks per game through his career (1.9 this season). The 6’10″ monster from the Republic of the Congo brings a physical mentality that can have a dramatic impact on both ends of the floor surrounded by the right players.
With DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry in the back court, Ibaka won’t have a problem fitting right in with Dwayne Casey’s system.
The addition also creates a stronger front court with center Jonas Valanciunas who battled with Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago. Management made all the right moves, now it’s just time to see it all pan out.
Toronto sits fifth in the East, and with their spot fluctuating every day, the chase for that second seed remains in the balance.