Serge Ibaka is looking forward to his new life with the Orlando Magic but the trade away from the Oklahoma City Thunder is still shocking. Oklahoma City has been home for Ibaka throughout his entire NBA career until the surprising trade. ClutchPoint reports Ibaka discussed his emotions about the move:
“I never asked to be traded, even though there was a lot of media conjecture that I was unhappy with my role. I had an exit meeting with Billy Donovan and Sam Presti after the season, and both went well. But this is still a business, everybody has to do what’s best for them, and I let my agent deal with the business side of things.
Right now, though, I feel like a rookie again. I’m thrilled to be in Orlando. I know that might sound crazy to some people, that I’m excited to go from a contender like the Thunder to a rebuilding team, one that hasn’t made the playoffs in four years, but playing now for Frank Vogel, a coach who prides himself on defense, is very exciting for me.”
The Thunder once had the core of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Ibaka. Westbrook is the last man standing.