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NBA Loud Links: OKC Trades Serge Ibaka and 2016 NBA Draft Analysis

A wild week of moves was capped by Serge Ibaka's trade to the Orlando Magic.

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The action leading to and including the 2016 NBA Draft was fast and furious. Tuesday afternoon saw a pair of decorated point guards swapped among Eastern Conference rivals. Former All-Stars Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague were shipped from the only professional basketball homes they'd ever known. Meanwhile, the reloading Pacers landed former Net Thaddeus Young for a middling first-round pick.

Then there was the draft itself, which saw LSU's Ben Simmons and Duke's Brandon Ingram go one-two in predictable fashion. Surprisingly, the remainder of the lottery brought perplexing picks and astonished reactions from respective fan bases.

However, the shock of the night came with Oklahoma City's decision to trade Serge Ibaka, 26, to the Orlando Magic. The two-time NBA block leader spent his first seven seasons with OKC. During that span, Ibaka averaged 11.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, as Thunder fans witnessed Ibaka grow as a player and man.

While the Oklahoma City community is sentimental regarding Serge's departure, the return of Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and lottery-pick Domantas Sabonis from Orlando eases the discomfort considerably. Oladipo and Ilyasova are dynamic, starter-quality talent; while Sabonis has considerable upside.

Thursday's draft provided plenty of discussion fodder for today's edition of the links.

OKC GM Sam Presti daringly rolled the dice in Thursday night's trade.

ESPN's Royce Young details the thought process of Sam Presti leading into the Ibaka-to-Orlando deal.

Why Ibaka to Orlando was the right move.

Tom Ziller explains why the Ibaka trade was good both for OKC and Orlando.

Sticking with the Ibaka theme.

SB Nation's Satchel Price weighs in concerning the blockbuster trade.

Complete 2016 NBA Draft coverage and analysis from SB Nation.

Want to gain in-depth analysis to last night's NBA Draft? SB Naton's draft tracker has you covered.'s complete 2016 draft board and analysis., one of the world's most respected NBA Draft analysis sites, brings you its complete 2016 draft board.

Draft Day 2016 winners and losers.

The Verticlal sums up the night's actions, detailing the winners and losers from Draft 2016.

Early off-season trade analysis.

Again, SB Nation's Tom Ziller is back, this time discussing the impetus for and importance of this summer's pre-draft trades.