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NBA Rumors: Orlando Magic ‘Fielding’ Offers For Serge Ibaka

The NBA trade deadline is less than two weeks away. Teams around the league are either looking to move salaries, improve their roster, or simply stand pat. The Orlando Magic appear to be one of the teams interested in making a move with Serge Ibaka seemingly being the player potentially on the move before or on Feb. 23.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Magic are taking calls regarding offers for Ibaka:

League sources say the Magic are fielding calls from a handful of teams on Ibaka as the deadline approaches amid undeniable concern that retaining the Congo native in free agency come July will prove much trickier than initially anticipated.

Ibaka’s name has been floating around in NBA trade rumors for a few weeks now. The most likely destination appears to be the Toronto Raptors with Paul Millsap reportedly no longer being on the trading block.

Apparently, the Miami Heat are also interested in acquiring Ibaka after a second-half resurgence by the team, via Stein:

Sources say that Toronto and Miami are among the Eastern Conference teams that have expressed interest in Ibaka this month. More than one rival club has expressed the belief that Orlando will use the next 10 days before the deadline to keep fielding offers and then, ultimately, choose the best available package for Ibaka on Feb. 23 and make the move.

Toronto is still among the elite teams in the East and likely view Ibaka as a missing piece the puzzle. The Raptors face stiff competition in the East with the Boston Celtics being a serious threat as well the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

Along with Ibaka, other notable players potentially on the move before the NBA trade deadline include Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, and Brook Lopez.

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