The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 23 and we’re starting to see some action. The Orlando Magic kicked things off by trading Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Orlando will receive small forward Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick in return for Ibaka. The Raptors will send the lower of their two first-round picks to Orlando as part of the trade. They have ownership of their own first-round selection, as well as the Los Angeles Clippers.
Wojnarowski added Toronto is trading for Ibaka with the “intention of trying to re-sign him” in free agency, adding general manager Masai Ujiri has “long coveted him.”
Ibaka spent the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Oklahoma City Thunder but was traded to Orlando for Victor Oladipo, lottery pick Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova, this past offseason.
Ibaka is currently averaging 15.1 PPG and 6.8 RPG.