The Raptors will send guard/forward Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round draft pick to the Magic, league sources said. Toronto owns two first-round picks in the draft – including the Clippers’ pick – and will send Orlando the lesser in value of the two choices, league sources said. Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri has long been intrigued with Ibaka, and made the deal with the expectation that the Raptors will be aggressive in working to re-sign Ibaka this summer, league sources said.
Sam Amick: Toronto sends Terrence Ross and a first to Orlando for Serge Ibaka, I can confirm. @Adrian Wojnarowski first reported
But Toronto has played hardball when it comes to acquiring power forward help. Caboclo does not figure to be part of any trade discussions, as he has been a project the team wants to complete itself. A source also said that Toronto has also long resisted the idea of trading sixth man Terrence Ross. The Raptors have been loath to mortgage the future entirely for players such as Gallinari, Gibson or Ibaka, all of whom can be free agents next summer (Gallinari has a player option worth $16 million, and could opt in for that final season).
When free agency opened, Masai Ujiri and Jeff Weltman enlisted the help of Dwane Casey, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to recruit two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol. Just as they believed to have sold him on Toronto and were ready to dump Terrence Ross' contract in a trade to make it happen, Tim Duncan announced his retirement and Gregg Popovich came calling.
In the East, both the Celtics and Raptors need some frontcourt defensive depth, and Toronto has been consistently interested in having Ibaka fill its power forward void. The Raptors are not much interested in giving up fifth-year swingman Terrence Ross (who is having his best NBA season) for Ibaka, though, a source said.
Brian Windhorst on a potential Paul Millsap trade to Toronto: "I was talking to an executive just yesterday about a potential Toronto-Atlanta trade and he was like, 'If they can get two assets out of it, then Atlanta would have done a good job.' The two assets are Patrick Patterson and Terrence Ross."
The Raptors will need to move at least one big deal to have any hope of retaining both DeMar DeRozan and Biyombo, and teams will call about DeMarre Carroll. Toronto has already approached Philly about a deal sending out a rotation player -- perhaps Terrence Ross, and other goodies -- in exchange for Nerlens Noel, who could then assume Biyombo's backup center role, according to league sources. The talks haven't gained much traction yet.
June 15, 2021 | 9:59 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Harden is expected to test his hamstring in shoot-around today and has been determined to try and find a way to get cleared to play Game 5, sources tell ESPN. There are no guarantees on his status but Harden is trying to play with series 2-2.
On Monday, Durant said he doesn’t see his role changing with Harden and Irving out. Even on nights when his co-stars are healthy, he expects to carry a heavy load, and Tuesday is no different to him. “I (personally) do everything out there, just like I do every night,” Durant said. “Some more than others. I might have to handle the ball more, I might have to post up more, I might have to come off pin-downs more. I’ve just got to be prepared to do everything out there just like any night.” Nash, however, was quick to take the burden off Durant and said Brooklyn’s ability to offset the loss of both Harden and Irving is on everyone. “This does not fall on Kevin,” Nash said. “It falls on the Nets.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo is by all objective measures a bad three point shooter. Only he doesn’t seem to know it or he just doesn’t care. In these playoffs, Antetokounmpo is shooting 13.5 percent on 3s overall. But it’s the fact that he’s taken a higher share of self-created 3s than anyone else that’s concerning. He’s shooting just 11.8 percent on self-created shots from beyond the arc and it’s exactly what the defense wants him to do. With the help of tracking.pbpstats.com, we can actually break down Antetokounmpo’s self-created three point attempts into those that have been contested or uncontested2. Normally, players resort to self-created shots because they’re being closely guarded. But Antetokounmpo stands out for the fact that that many of his self-created 3s are taken when the defense isn’t anywhere near him. During the regular season, 81 percent of his self-created 3s were uncontested, by far the highest rate in the league among high volume shot creators.
Brian Lewis: #Nets owner @Joe Tsai to CNBC on James Harden’s deal w/ @saks: “I dont think you should see players as these one dimensional people. They happen to excel at basketball but they also care about what they want to do outside of basketball.” Adds “@NBA fashion has become a thing.”
Betting terminology may seem confusing and intimidating to the casual sports fan looking to get a piece of the action on his or her favorite team as sports betting continues to grow throughout the United States, which is part of the reason why NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett and Players’ Tribune co-founder Jaymee Messler created gamification and content company Gaming Society.
The company intends to amplify fan engagement using games, betting, athlete integration and immersive social experiences while educating and empowering bettors. “The difficulty of it and how high the entry point is—it just has to be simplified,” said Garnett, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020 with Tim Duncan and the late Kobe Bryant. “One of the reasons we want to bring Gaming Society to fruition is to create smarter bettors. We hope to provide the information and tools to understand and make you a better bettor. We’ll teach fundamental education and provide education enhancement.”
The Betting Academy: Hoops Edition podcast launched in January featuring NBA champion Kendrick Perkins and longtime sports-producer Gina Paradiso as they weave the culture of basketball into sports betting. “The first goal is to have each athlete not just be seen for their talent and skill, but seen for their expertise,” said Garnett, a 15-time NBA All-Star, 2004 NBA MVP and 2008 NBA Champion. “We’re going to highlight players who are great and provide them a platform in this new industry. Their insights and voice will give bettors the tools to make more informed bets. We’re very focused on information and education.”