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Magic trade Victor Oladipo, Sabonis to Thunder for Serge Ibaka, according to report

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The Magic made a blockbuster deal acquiring Serge Ibaka from the Thunder.

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The Orlando Magic have traded the Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis, the 11th pick in the draft, to the Oklahoma City Thunder for power forward Serge Ibaka.

Adding Ibaka gives the Magic a shot blocking option next to Nikola Vucevic, who struggles defending the rim. Moving on from Oladipo shows the team is committed to the likes of Mario Hezonja, Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier as their backcourt of the future.

With Ilyasova's only partially guaranteed deal, the Thunder will be able to save money by moving on from Ibaka's over $12 million dollar deal.

In 78 games last season, Ibaka averaged 12.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

Getting Ibaka gives the Magic another piece to potentially intriguing free agents this summer. With needs across the roster, the team will fill multiple needs with Ibaka, allowing them to focus on the remaining holes in free agency.

With Ibaka's pending acquisition, the Magic will now have roughly $38 million in cap space this summer, with the need to re-sign Fournier.

The addition of Ibaka does raise questions about what the team's plans are for Aaron Gordon moving forward. Gordon, who showed more promise as a power forward this season, all but solidified himself as the Magic's staring power forward moving forward.

Gordon has the athleticism to play small forward, which would give them someone who has better size and athleticism to play that position.

Ibaka's ability to step out and knock down jumpshots helps the Magic's spacing as well, which will open up more driving lanes for Payton, Fournier and even Gordon.