A team that reached the Western Conference finals traded a veteran star with one season left on his contract to an Eastern Conference team that didn’t even make the playoffs. This deal is a little backward. Serge Ibaka is headed to the Magic with Victor Oladipo, No. 11 pick Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova going to the Thunder. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: The Thunder might take a small step back in the short term – which is an awful signal to send Kevin Durant ahead of free agency. Otherwise, this is quality return. Ibaka had shown signs of decline, and Steven Adams stepping up made him more expendable. Durant works well as a small-ball power forward, which cuts the minutes of traditional
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The Kings keep giving themselves opportunities to build a young core. After trading Marco Belinelli for the No. 22 pick, Sacramento selected Marquise Chriss with the No. 8 pick for the Suns. The Kings’ haul, according to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7: No. 13 pick No. 18 pick 2020 Pistons second-rounder Rights to 2014 No. 27 pick Bogdan Bogdanovic That’s a nice return for Chriss, who was both a fine pick at No. 8 and a semi-project. His upside with No. 4 pick Dragan Bender is intriguing. I’m not sure those two will be an ideal fit together in Phoenix, but both are raw enough that’s too soon predict. Let both talented players develop and figure it out from there. The Kings will do the same