What Serge Ibaka going to Toronto means for Celtics

Ibaka represents a seamless fit for the Raptors who could help swing the balance of power in the Eastern Conference.

Ibaka is happy to be traded to Toronto and hopes to sign a long-term deal with Toronto this summer, per a source close to the player.

With this move to acquire Ibaka, the Raptors may be done making moves ahead of the trade deadline. This trade, today, looks like a laughable miscalculation, and - even though I sort of prefer Ross's contract over the four-year, $84 million deal Oladipo signed in October - the Magic downgraded in every possible way.

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Since Jan. 1, the Toronto Raptors have lost 13 of their last 23 games, culminating with a 102-101 loss to the Detroit Pistons in a game that saw the team blow a 15-point fourth quarter lead.

It's hard to argue against the Raptors being winners of this trade, as Ross, although talented, wasn't going to add the type of offense firepower that Ibaka will.

Ross, who was in his 5th season with the Raptors, was averaging his usual 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

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Ibaka, 27, will be a free agent after this summer. Ibaka addresses their shortcomings at power forward that have been present since Chris Bosh's departure. While the 6-foot-10 Ibaka did block a team-best 1.61 shots a game this season, Orlando's defense has sagged into the bottom-five in the National Basketball Association much of the past two months.

Orlando Magic forward Serge Ibaka (7) shoots the ball over Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center.

The Miami Heat are probably the most surprising playoff contenders to emerge this season. He was shooting 49 percent from the field and a solid 39 percent from three-point range. Even when the deal was made last summer that brought Ibaka to his short-lived stay in Orlando, Ujiri was surprisingly confident he would eventually get his man. While he's not the dominant shot blocker he was with Oklahoma City in previous seasons, Ibaka's still an excellent two-way player, capable of extending the floor.

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