The Toronto Raptors wanted to upgrade their power forward position in the 2016 offseason but settled in getting Jared Sullinger on a cheap deal. NBA trade rumors around draft day had the Canadian team linked to Serge Ibaka, who was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Orlando Magic.
Could the Raptors try again in getting Ibaka either via trade or in 2017 free agency?
According to a recent report, the Raptors will aim to get Ibaka next summer, when they also have to re-sign point guard Kyle Lowry. It claims that Toronto is willing to give the big man a maximum deal.
However, even before the 2016-2017 season begins, there are already talks that Ibaka will not be a good fit in Orlando because they are overburdened with big men. The Magic also signed Bismack Biyombo, who is a former Raptor, this summer to add to their group of capable big men in Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Jeff Green and Stephen Zimmerman.
Is it possible that Ibaka joins the Raptors via a trade during the season even before hit hits free agency?
The Magic are loaded with big men and if it does not work for them early this season, they might consider unloading Ibaka, who can walk in free agency to get the max deal. Orlando can give him the max contract but it does not make sense since they are already giving big money to Vucevic and Biyombo.
An Orlando-Toronto deal that works in ESPN’s Trade Checker is an exchange for Ibaka and DeMarre Carroll, who has not been the best fit with the Raptors the last season.
This NBA trade rumor makes sense for both teams since they will upgrade their respective positions where they are weak.
For the Magic, they’ll get a two-way guard/forward that can complement their big men and have more versatility on their wings. For the Raptors, they get a starting PF to pair alongside Jonas Valanciunas and add a defensive presence down low.
The Magic-Raptors NBA trade rumors are something to watch out for during the regular season. It would depend on how the teams perform early in the season. If Orlando and Toronto struggles, it’s a deal they might want to look at to improve their team and remain in playoff contention.
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