Bigs Experiment over in Orlando: Magic trade power forward Serge Ibaka to Toronto Raptors

Photo for Headline Surfer / Serge Ibaka has a shot at returning to the NBA playoffs now that he has been traded by the Orlando Magic to the Toronto Raptors. 
 
BY HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

ORLANDO, Fla. -- From the moment the Magic traded for power forward Serge Ibaka from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the offseason, they knew he would likely be a one-and-done player.

Well, Ibaka, an unrestricted free agent at season's end didn't even make it that far. Rather than risk getting nothing for him in the next off season, the Magic earlier today traded the power forward to the Toronto Raptors for Raptors for swingman Terence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick.

The deal slightly favors Toronto which needed a strong inside presence whereas Ross plays out on the wing. Toronto needs the muscle up front Ibaka provides as it competes with the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards for spots 2-5 in the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs with the Cleveland Cavaliers expected to take the top spot.

Ibaka was averaging shy of 15 points per game, with 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks for the season, but has not helped the Magic as hoped for despite being paired up front with Bismarck Biyombo up front. Even the Philadelphia 76ers have passed the Magic who are headed backwards in the standings, despite giving up some prized assets for Ibaka in Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

The Magic (21-36) would be cellar dwellers in the NBA Eastern Conference if not for the lowly New Jersey Nets who only have only nine wins.

The Magic saw the handwriting n the wall with the Feb. 23 trade deadline fast-approaching to get somethibng for Ibaka, who gave no indication he would re-sign with the Magic.

Eastern Conference 

#

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

CONF

DIV

HOME

ROAD

L10

STRK

 

1

Cavaliers 

37

16

.698

0.0

24-6

4-5

23-5

14-11

7-3

W1

 

2

Celtics 

36

19

.655

2.0

23-9

7-3

19-8

17-11

9-1

W3

 

3

Wizards 

33

21

.611

4.5

22-14

5-5

24-7

9-14

9-1

W3

 

4

Hawks 

32

23

.582

6.0

22-11

5-6

16-11

16-12

6-4

W1

 

5

Raptors 

32

23

.582

6.0

19-11

10-2

18-10

14-13

4-6

L2

 

6

Pacers 

29

26

.527

9.0

16-16

6-5

20-9

9-17

6-4

L4

 

7

Bulls 

26

29

.473

12.0

17-16

5-6

15-11

11-18

4-6

L3

 

8

Pistons 

26

30

.464

12.5

15-18

3-7

16-11

10-19

5-5

L1

 

9

Bucks 

24

30

.444

13.5

16-21

8-3

14-14

10-16

3-7

W2

 

10

Hornets 

24

31

.436

14.0

16-18

6-2

16-13

8-18

1-9

L3

 

11

Heat 

24

32

.429

14.5

14-19

4-6

13-14

11-18

8-2

L2

 

12

Knicks 

23

33

.411

15.5

14-19

3-5

14-15

9-18

3-7

W1

 

13

76ers 

21

34

.382

17.0

14-18

4-4

13-16

8-18

4-6

W3

 

14

Magic 

21

36

.368

18.0

13-20

5-6

9-17

12-19

3-7

W1

 

15

Nets 

9

46

.164

29.0

3-32

0-10

7-23

2-23

0-10

L13

Western Conference

#

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

CONF

DIV

HOME

ROAD

L10

STRK

 

1

Warriors 

46

9

.836

0.0

29-7

9-2

23-3

23-6

8-2

L1

 

2

Spurs 

42

13

.764

4.0

22-8

6-4

19-6

23-7

6-4

W1

 

3

Rockets 

40

17

.702

7.0

23-9

7-4

21-6

19-11

6-4

W4

 

4

Clippers 

34

21

.618

12.0

22-13

6-4

17-8

17-13

5-5

W3

 

5

Jazz 

34

22

.607

12.5

20-15

5-4

19-11

15-11

5-5

L3

 

6

Grizzlies 

34

23

.596

13.0

24-12

6-1

18-10

16-13

7-3

W1

 

7

Thunder 

31

25

.554

15.5

19-14

6-3

19-8

12-17

4-6

L2

 

8

Nuggets 

25

30

.455

21.0

16-19

5-7

15-12

10-18

5-5

W1

 

9

Trail Blazers 

23

32

.418

23.0

16-19

5-2

14-13

9-19

5-5

L2

 

10

Kings 

23

32

.418

23.0

13-17

3-5

12-15

11-17

5-5

W3

 

11

Mavericks 

22

33

.400

24.0

13-22

2-8

14-14

8-19

6-4

L1

 

12

Pelicans 

22

34

.393

24.5

10-21

2-6

14-15

8-19

4-6

W1

 

13

Timberwolves 

21

34

.382

25.0

10-21

2-7

14-17

7-17

4-6

W1

 

14

Lakers 

19

37

.339

27.5

9-23

4-5

12-13

7-24

4-6

W1

 

15

Suns 

17

39

.304

29.5

6-32

2-8

9-18

8-21

2-8

L2

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.