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Report: Raptors acquire Serge Ibaka in trade with Magic

Report: Raptors acquire Serge Ibaka in trade with Magic

The top of the Eastern Conference looks different this morning after a trade sent Serge Ibaka to Toronto. According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors traded Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick to the Magic in exchange for Ibaka.

TNT's David Aldridge reports that the move was percolating for weeks. 

The Raptors acquired Ibaka to fill a pressing need in their frontcourt for a playoff run this year. The team currently ranks 27th in the league in defensive rebounding and 23rd in overall rebounding. Ibaka is also a reliable scoring option, averaging 15.1 points per game so far this season.

It's debatable how much Orlando really lost in the exchange considering that Ibaka's contract was set to expire after this season and the team has no assurances that he would re-sign. 

Toronto pulled off the deal after having fallen from the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference earlier this season to No. 5. The team owns a 4-6 record in the last 10 games, well below the Celtics' and Wizards' 9-1 marks in that span.

This trade is the first major piece to move ahead of the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 23. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the Wizards' 0-2 deficit and how Bradley Beal and Otto Porter need to play better.

They went into the potential change in the starting lineup, why the Wizards are doing so poorly on defense and the historical odds the Wizards are now up against.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait


Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait

One thing rapper Drake has been known for is being a very vocal sports fan, that always seems to make himself the center of attention.

He also seems to be a fan of just about any team that happens to be winning at the moment. 

He's been seen in everything from Kentucky gear at a basketball game, to Alabama and Texas A&M football apparel (seriously, just Google "Drake bandwagon fan" and take a look).

One team he's always seemed to stay loyal to though is his hometown Raptors. Especially when it comes to yelling at anyone he can on the other team.

First, it was John Wall having a back-and-forth with Drake on the court.

Now, it seems to be Kelly Oubre that gets to help Drake suck up more attention on social media. 

After C.J. Miles hit a three-pointer during the fourth quarter of Washington’s 130-119 loss Tuesday night, the cameras caught him doing what he just can't help himself from doing.

Oubre though, doesn't take it personally, even when it was pointed out to him postgame.

Maybe it's because Oubre wants to start his own fashion line, and hopes to have Drake help promote it.

Maybe it's because Oubre doesn't want to ever show up on a Drake diss track (even though he apparently deleted this tweet from a long time ago right after the game).

Or Maybe Oubre is just being the bigger man.

Either way, it's safe to say this trend will continue for Drake and whoever his next Wizards target is on the court.

Given Drake's history though, if the Wizards come back and win the series, will we see him in a Wall or Oubre jersey?

Considering all the bandwagons he's jumped on, it would surprise very few if it happened.