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Written by Ben Pfeifer
On draft night, the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled off a blockbuster trade. They sent rim protector Serge Ibaka to the Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and 11th overall pick Domantas Sabonis.
Like myself, most believed that the Thunder completely robbed the Magic. They got Victor Oladipo, a young, athletic wing with star potential. Oladipo could potentially thrive in OKC with a lot of attention going to Durant (hopefully) and Westbrook. The Thunder also acquired Domantas Sabonis. He is extremely well rounded and plays hard. He could end up being a better version of Serge Ibaka.
Last season Ibaka was not playing well, but his prescence in the paint was undoubtable. Even though Steven Adams had an amazing postseason and could be a great two way center for a long time, the loss of Ibaka will certainly hurt the Thunder on defense. But the Thunder still won this trade.
Orlando had a need of physicality on defense. And instead of drafting someone like Deyonta Davis or Skal Labissiere (or Sabonis) who could be perfect interior players in a few seasons, they went for a immediate option. Ibaka will help the Magic, with Vucevic being a liability on defense.
This trade does not make sense because the Magic are not in a win now situation. Chances are their current roster will take a few years to mature into a playoff team. They lost a potential future star for a player who could be gone next season. The Magic made a very bad move with this trade.