Taj Gibson a rumored target for Toronto Raptors

  • Taj Gibson a rumored target for Toronto Raptors

Taj Gibson a rumored target for Toronto Raptors

Orlando Magic fans are already grumbling about Tuesday's trade with Toronto, which nets them Terrence Ross and a first-round pick in 2017 (from the LA Clippers) in return for Serge Ibaka.

The Raptors sit four games behind the Celtics for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and are now fifth in the Eastern Conference.

This is a brilliant move on the Raptors part as they will look to get back on track after losing six of their last 10 games and falling into a fourth-place tie wth the Atlanta Hawks. Ibaka, 27, was averaging 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in Orlando.

A three-time All-Defensive First Team selection during his time in Oklahoma City, Ibaka didn't have a transformative defensive impact during his short stint in Orlando.

The Magic reportedly believed Ibaka wouldn't re-sign with the team this summer when he's set to become an unrestricted free agent and were therefore forced to move him in order to not be left empty handed. As a small forward, the Magic could elect to play him at small forward and move Aaron Gordon back to power forward.

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Woj further reports that general manager Masai Ujiri intends on re-signing Ibaka when he hits free agency this offseason. Following the game, both Lowry and fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan made comments that alluded to pointing the blame at their coach, and suggested that personnel changes may be required to salvage them from thri current funk.

In exchange for Ibaka, the Magic will get Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick. But the 26-year-old is painfully inconsistent, having the tendency to either take over a game or completely disappear.

Really the one big concern about this trade is that the Magic essentially swapped Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, and Ersan Ilyasova for Terrance Ross and a first round pick.

When Orlando made the initial trade for Ibaka, the ceiling was so low. The Magic aren't making the playoffs and had to find out the hard way that rebuilding teams should rarely make short-term transactions that sacrifice future assets. He will earn $10.5 million over the last two years of the contract. He hasn't progressed like the Raptors hoped, as Ross' scoring average failed to improve since his second season in the league.