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NBA trade season has arrived. Just a week or so until the deadline and things have hotted up.
Nurkic to Portland for a plumlee was an interesting one. Plumlee is better now, especially as a fit playing in the Nuggets system, but Nurkic has some potential still and without any other genuine bigs in POR will get his chance to show what he can do.
Ibaka to the Raptors for Ross and a late first rounder seems a good deal for both. Yes, the Magic screwed up trading for Serge in the first place, but at least now they have recovered some value.
As a Raptors fan I love this deal. The Raps were awful at the 4, and Ibaka is as perfect of a player as we were ever gonna get. It is a risk as he might leave in the off season, but the Raptors had to do something. This team needed something to put them back into contention in the East, and while it doesn't put them over the top of the Cavs, it puts them back in the conversation.
Now the Raps need to find a way to get some value out of the young guys on their roster. Wright, Caboclo, Poetl and Siakim all have potential but along with Sullinger we're getting nothing from them. I'd be happy to move any of them for one rotation level wing.
Seems Jahlil Okafor is certain to move in the next week. Hopefully the Sixers can find some good wing shooting