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Toronto Raptors Trade Terrence Ross For Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka played just 56 games for Orlando

The Orlando Magic have sent the power forward to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for swingman Terrence Ross and a first round pick.

The move comes with the Raptors mired in a slump and plummeting down the Eastern Conference standings.

The person who spoke to the AP on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the discussions were to remain private says the former Knicks star who was arrested at a game last week is welcome back at the arena. Toronto has added instant offense in Ibaka, who averages 15.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season.

Is Ross and a first-rounder a worthy haul for Ibaka?

The Toronto Raptors have acquired Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic with an eye toward re-signing him beyond this season. Toronto was said to be the ideal landing spot for Ibaka, so the Raptors appear to have the edge in re-signing him to a long-term deal. After winning their fourth game in a row on January 17, they have since posted the fourth-worst record in the league at 4-10.

At the time, giving up Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the No. 11 pick in the 2016 draft (which became the promising Domantas Sabonis) was an extreme overpay for a guy coming off his least productive season since his rookie year.

The Magic will receive Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick, sources told Ping. The Raptors became motivated to go all in after the Love news, as some around the National Basketball Association believe he may not make it back this year per sources. To go along with that, Toronto's starting unit now includes DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas, a group that should put up a fight in a seven-game series with any team in the East.

But Orlando created a logjam in the frontcourt with Ibaka, Gordon, Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo, and pieces just never fit together.

According to multiple reports, the Raptors will acquire power forward Serge Ibaka from the Magic. The trade proposal I have come up with will, I believe, benefit both teams involved.

Plus, Ross was owed more than US$20-million over the next two years. He hasn't progressed like the Raptors hoped, as Ross' scoring average failed to improve since his second season in the league.