Selected 24th overall by Seattle in the 2008 draft, Ibaka played seven seasons alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City before being acquired by the Magic last summer.
"Serge has been to a finals, he's been to a Western Conference finals, he's played with an MVP, he's played with a possible MVP, he knows how to play the game of basketball", Lowry said. 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. The Raptors should like this move short and long term. DeMarre Carroll has two seasons and $30 million remaining after this year and has not particularly impressed during his time as a Raptor. The Raptors won't have cap room when they max out Kyle Lowry this offseason, making Ross - who was on his way out the door - and a first a fair price to determine if they want to dive into the luxury tax to keep Ibaka long-term. Ibaka's presence will likely cut into the minutes of just about every Raptors' frontcourt player, while Norman Powell should see a big increase in playing time with Ross out of town.
A new contract for Lowry, Patterson and Ibaka puts a ceiling on what the Raptors can be, but there are probably 25 teams that'd kill to be in their shoes.
Now, the deal is an absolute victor for Toronto because the team desperately needs help at the power forward position. Ibaka, 27, was averaging 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in Orlando.
Ross, 26, is a superb athlete and a capable outside shooter who has made 37.5 percent of his 3-point tries this season. Orlando brass clearly hoped dealing for Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo would catapult a young team with new coach Frank Vogel into contenders, but it didn't. Ross is a player coveted around the league for his streaky three-point shooting. "(Monday) night I thought he did a really good job on both ends of the floor".
The Raptors own two first round picks in this year's draft and will send the lesser in value of the two between their own and the Clippers.
Orlando still can't clear max room for this summer even if it removes all its cap holds, but getting something for Ibaka is better than losing him for nothing or re-signing him to a long-term deal.
"We've been talking about a four for the a year ago or two as an addition to our team, and we got a guy like Serge at a critical point when we needed him", DeMar DeRozan said.