June 28, 2016, 12:10 pm
Kevin Durant was made available to the media during Team USA activities on Tuesday and said that he supported the trade sending Serge Ibaka to the Magic in exchange for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova.
“It’s a good move,” Durant said. “I like Oladipo. He’s a good buddy, a friend of mine, and I’m definitely going to miss playing with Serge.” Of course, much was made about tension in OKC by Ibaka’s agent, who indicated that his client was not given the ball as much as it was communicated to him early in the season that he was going to get it.
That sounds a bit like sour grapes to us and it will be interesting to see if Ibaka can get the ball in Orlando and what he can do with it — but more importantly if his drastic fall-off in defensive numbers was a motivation thing or a physical thing. Neither of those issues wear well on him but we’ll be looking for signs Ibaka has his fastball back before we vault him back up the fantasy ladder.