The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls may have completed the biggest trade of the offseason after point guard Derrick Rose was sent to the Big Apple, but the Oklahoma City Thunder and Orlando Magic certainly rivalled them with a deal of their own.
In a surprise move, OKC traded power forward Serge Ibaka - who has spent his entire seven-year career in Oklahoma City - for guard Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis, the 11th pick in the draft.
The move gives both teams just what they needed heading into next season. New Magic head coach Frank Vogel is one of the best defensive coaches in the league and required an elite defender to help implement his strategies and Ibaka - a three-time All-Defensive player - certainly fits the bill.
For the Thunder, they needed some extra scoring in the backcourt to go along with Russell Westbrook, as both Andre Roberson and Dion Waiters failed to contribute regularly in this respect for much of the campaign, though they improved in the playoffs.
Oladipo will definitely add this element to the Thunder backcourt and with his athleticism, the fans at the Chesapeake Energy Arena should be in for a treat when he and Westbrook take to the floor together.
"It's going to be fun to watch," Oladipo said speaking at the Orlando Summer League "And definitely going to be fun to play with him. [We have a] similar mentality. It's going to be very interesting to see how that works."
The 24-year-old averaged a career-high 16 points per game this year and also added 3.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds for a Magic team that failed to make it to the postseason once again.
In Florida, the youngster was playing on a team building for the future and had little expectations in terms of making the playoffs during his time there. He has now gone to the other end of the spectrum as he will have his first experience of playing on a contending team and he is relishing the prospect.
"A lot of my coaches and a lot of my friends texted me, told me what was going on and asked me how I felt about it," Oladipo said. "I just sent them a ring emoji. That's what my goal is -- to help this team win a championship. It's kind of funny going from one extreme to another. It's pretty cool. It's all a blessing. I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my life."
The Thunder's chances of competing for a championship next year will depend largely on the future of Kevin Durant and whether he decides to re-sign with the franchise.
Oladipo confirmed that he spoke with both KD and Westbrook after being traded to OKC and is hoping to play with Durant when he begins work with his new team.
"It's an important part of Kevin's life," Oladipo said. "I'm sure he'll make the right decision, what's best for him, his family, his career. If I get the opportunity to play with him, it would be phenomenal. ... It would be pretty cool."