The Orlando Magic traded Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and lottery pick Domantas Sabonis to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Serge Ibaka on Thursday.
Winner: Oklahoma City. By a landslide.
“Honestly, I got to think that (Magic general manager) Rob Hennigan’s got to check for his wallet,” HoopsCritic.com & Sirius XM NBA Radio host Brian Geltzeiler said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “(Sam) Presti mugged him. He mugged him. Ibaka is in the last year of his deal. Ibaka is a guy that, the last couple of seasons, he dropped off defensively, which is what his major strength was. He’s just not that same player anymore. Oladipo definitely took a step back last year, but Oladipo is a good young player. Granted, they’re going to have to sign him to an extension soon, but to get Sabonis also? It was a crazy, crazy return for Oklahoma City on Ibaka. Presti totally maxed out his value getting a fantastic (package). And I can promise you this: Kevin Durant ain’t going anywhere.”
Durant, perhaps the third-best player in the world, led the Thunder to within a game of the NBA Finals the season. He’s a free agent this offseason, but with Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams, Oladipo and others in Oklahoma City, it’s hard to imagine him walking away.
“I don’t think he wanted to walk before this,” Geltzeiler said. “I don’t claim to be a psych major, but I do think that sometimes you can look at a guy’s body language and get an indication how they feel and where they’re at. When it came to Durant’s body language in the playoffs, he was all-in on that team and all-in with those guys and believed in them. Now you upgrade the talent level with he coach you have in Billy Donovan – the Thunder are dangerous. They’re scary.
“Durant’s going to do what we figured he’d do,” Geltzeiler continued. “He’s going to sign a two-year deal with a one-year opt-out. That way when he goes to free agency in ’17, he’s got 10 years of service time and he can get 35 percent of the cap in a max deal. By doing the two-year deal with the one-year opt-out, he’ll put an extra $40-45 million on a five-year deal that he signs in ’17. We’ll do this whole free-agency dance with him again next year, but I would be very surprised to see him leave Oklahoma City.”