Having been beaten to a punch for Ibaka by a Orlando Magic final offseason, a Raptors sojourn meddlesome in a 27-year-old shot blocker brazen of a trade deadline, sources told Marc Spears of The Undefeated.
Orlando sent Victor Oladipo, a No. 11 collect used on Domantas Sabonis, and Ersan Ilyasova to a Oklahoma City Thunder for Ibaka, who is averaging 15.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 30.6 minutes.
The Raptors sorely miss a efficient energy brazen over a harmed Patrick Patterson, who is best matched as a dais piece. They have relied on a tender rookie in Pascal Siakam, an out-of-condition Jared Sullinger, and an collection of centers personification out of position in Lucas Nogueira and Jakob Poeltl.
Their debility in a frontcourt is borne out of Toronto’s trashy defensive metrics. They arrange in a bottom-10 in defensive rating and defensive resilient rate.
Ibaka is set to turn an unlimited giveaway representative this offseason. His further has unsuccessful to make most of a disproportion for a Magic patrol headed once again for a lottery.