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.
ESPN's Royce Young details the thought process of Sam Presti leading into the Ibaka-to-Orlando deal.
Tom Ziller explains why the Ibaka trade was good both for OKC and Orlando.
SB Nation's Satchel Price weighs in concerning the blockbuster trade.
Want to gain in-depth analysis to last night's NBA Draft? SB Naton's draft tracker has you covered.
NBADraft.net, one of the world's most respected NBA Draft analysis sites, brings you its complete 2016 draft board.
The Verticlal sums up the night's actions, detailing the winners and losers from Draft 2016.
Again, SB Nation's Tom Ziller is back, this time discussing the impetus for and importance of this summer's pre-draft trades.