The Thunder and Magic pulled off the biggest trade of the NBA Draft

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Serge Ibaka has been traded to the Orlando Magic in a blockbuster deal that ships Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and 11th overall pick Domantas Sabonis to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Minutes after Sabonis had been selected by the Magic, a report from The Vertical said that Sabonis – along with Oladipo and Ilysavoa – had been traded to OKC, all for Ibaka. It certainly seems like a lot to give up for Ibaka, who is a perennial defensive player of the year candidate but struggled in the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors this season.

It’s a clear sign that the Thunder are reshuffling their roster toward the more modern NBA, picking up two extremely young players who will contribute immediately. Sabonis is an extremely active big-man who should fit in nicely with Steven Adams, while Oladipo will provide necessary backcourt help for Russell Westbrook.

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