Title: HOW SERGE IBAKA FITS WITH THE RAPTORS
Date: February 22, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I wrote about the potential fit of Serge Ibaka with the Raptors and what his debut means for the team’s rotation.
As Thursday’s 3 PM trade deadline approaches, all eyes fall on the NBA rumour mill. While Toronto Raptors fans scour the internet for the latest buzz from reporters or the latest emoji from a player, wondering who they might add next, the Raptors who are on the roster as of this writing will find themselves busy with something else: practice.
The Raptors returned to BioSteel Centre on Wednesday after their All-Star break (Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan come back Thursday), and the reconvening of the roster for a workout presents a reminder that maybe shouldn’t be necessary already: Toronto already did its big shopping. Wednesday will mark the first official session in which Serge Ibaka is part of the proceedings, allowing head coach Dwane Casey and company to begin to find out how a piece that fits well on paper will fit on hardwood.
What’s clear from the deal that sent Terrence Ross and a first-round pick to the Orlando Magic is that the Raptors are a more serious threat today than they were before the trade. What’s still to be discovered is exactly what Ibaka does for them, how he’ll impact his teammates, and just how high he can help lift this team.
Here’s a look at some of the Ibaka fallout to watch for as the Raptors get the final trimester of their season underway.