Last season, they apparently offered the Chicago Bulls almost the same package they gave the Orlando Magic for the services of Taj Gibson, according to Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago. The only difference was the offer was centered around draft picks and did not include Terrence Ross.
“The same deal the Raptors gave the Orlando Magic for Ibaka — swingman Terrence Ross and a first-round pick (the lesser of the Raptors’ own pick and a pick the Clippers have to convey from a previous deal) — the Bulls had discussed for Gibson last season.”
“The exact parameters of such a deal this season were vague but the Bulls were discussing a deal involving Gibson for a first-round pick with the Raptors. However, league sources tell CSNChicago.com that Ross wasn’t involved in these discussions.”
The Raptors feel that they need to make a few moves to entice Kyle Lowry to re-sign with the team as he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
“Ibaka, like Gibson, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Raptors were trying to nail down that power forward spot long-term along with trying to deal with the upcoming free agency of All-Star guard Kyle Lowry.”
Gibson did not deny hearing rumors that the Raptors were interested with him. However, he also made it clear that he is focused on winning with the Bulls and does not want any distractions get the better of him.
“I’ve been hearing the chatter for years. But you never know. I just keep my head straight, focus on the team I’m on at the moment because if you start looking at other teams and other stuff, it kinda gets tricky as hell.”
Toronto may have struck out in adding Gibson last season, but they now have Ibaka who they think is the missing piece to their quest of dethroning the Cleveland Cavaliers and advancing to the NBA Finals. The 27-year-old Congolese and Spanish international also gives them another inside presence and an elite rim defender who can compliment the game of their starting center, Jonas Valanciunas.