Rap­tors pull trig­ger on trade for Ibaka

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The Toronto Rap­tors were cartwheel­ing down the Eastern Con­fer­ence stand­ings, and a sense of un­ease had seeped into the dress­ing room.

But team pres­i­dent Ma­sai Ujiri made a big splash Tues­day by reel­ing in power for­ward Serge Ibaka from the Or­lando Magic, ac­quir­ing a player he’s long cov­eted.

The Rap­tors gave up Ter­rence Ross and a first-round pick in the 2017 draft in ex­change for a piv­otal big man they hope can cat­a­pult them in the right di­rec­tion.

Ibaka is av­er­ag­ing 15.1 points, 6.8 re­bounds and 1.6 blocks a game this sea­son.

With­out Ibaka in the lineup Tues­day night, the Rap­tors lost for the 11th time in their last 15 games, fall­ing 105-94 to the Bulls in Chicago.

Serge Ibaka

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