Report: Some Magic players happy to see Serge Ibaka traded

By Vincent Frank

It really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the Orlando Magic traded Serge Ibaka for pennies on the dollar. He simply didn’t fit in with the team after being acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder during the summer.

Now comes this report suggesting that certain unnamed Magic players are happy to see Ibaka now playing up north with the Toronto Raptors.

Coming from a contender in OKC that was one win away from the NBA Finals last season had to be a bitter pill to swallow for Ibaka. That’s only magnified by Orlando’s current position as a rebuilding team.

And according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, that’s what likely played a role in Ibaka’s unhappiness with Orlando.

Now on a contending team, this will likely change. Toronto has an opportunity to go deep in the playoffs, especially after adding the veteran big man.