The Raptors acquired forward Serge Ibaka from the Magic, but the Celtics passed on a potential Ibaka deal because of a reluctance to part with second-year guard Terry Rozier, according to CelticsBlog.
Orlando sent Ibaka to Toronto for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick. The Raptors (32-23) have fallen to the fifth spot in the East, four games behind the No. 2 Celtics (36-19), who trail the East-leading Cavaliers (37-16) by two games.
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The knee injury to the Cavaliers' Kevin Love, who'll be out at least six weeks after surgery, has convinced Toronto to go all in, according to the CelticsBlog report.
Sources: Toronto became motivated to go all in with Love injury news. Some around the NBA believe he may not make it back this year.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 14, 2017
The Celtics, according to the report, are not interested in giving up assets, including first-round picks and prospects such as Rozier (averaging 5.6 points, 1.7 assist, 3.1 rebounds and 18.0 minuutes per game), for short-term acquisitions (the 6-foot-10 Ibaka is a potential free agent) that do not clearly put them over the top for title contention.