The Celtics may have a chance to catch the Cavaliers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but they’ll have company.
According to multiple reports, the Raptors will acquire power forward Serge Ibaka from the Magic. The trade comes on the same day that the Cavaliers announced that Kevin Love will miss six weeks due to knee surgery.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski, Toronto will send Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick to Orlando in Monday’s trade. The Raptors have the Clippers’ first-round pick in addition to their own and will send the higher of the two picks to the Magic.
The 27-year-old Ibaka is averaging 15.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season, his first in Orlando after playing the first seven seasons of his career in Oklahoma City. He is in the final year of his contract and will become a free agent in July.
The Raptors sit four games behind the Celtics for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference. The C’s, who sit second in the East, trail the Cavaliers by two games.
Love, 28, is averaging 20 points and 11.1 rebounds in his third season with the Cavaliers.