Raptors pull trigger on trade for Ibaka
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.