No, Love is not overall better right now for Raptors. You can't ignore context either. And I'd argue overall he isn't better as his defense is just, well, horrible.
How does it not matter when considerably more money this season and 90M$ after that?
Ibaka being overpaid or not does not matter, he is in fact expiring this season.
And can you check your facts? Love will not have an expiring contract in 2021/2022 but 2022/2023, that is 60M$ of guaranteed money over two years that we'd have to move in 2021 to open FA space. That is also 30M$ more next season when we'll need every cent to try and keep FVV, Gasol, RHJ or any combination of the three.
And Love will play what? Starting PF over Siakam? Starting C over Gasol? Bench F/C? Slide Siakam to three, bench OG, put Love at PF?
It would be difficult to come up with a move that complicates things for us more and does so both now and in the future. Getting Love now is James Dolan type move not Masai type move.
You'll find I've been frank in the difficulty of fitting Love into our lineup. I also noted my math might be off on when he expires.
I really disagree that Love is individually worse than Ibaka right now. Ibaka defensively isn't nearly as effective as he was - even two years ago. His positioning ad an anchor 5 has always been in question (only need to look at how less athletic gasol is, but how better he still manages to be on defense as an anchor 5). And his offence is just putrid. His midrange and perimeter shot is streaky at best, and his post moves are somehow more predictable than JV's were. To compound the problem, he also has horrible hands and causes an immense amount of turnovers on plays that should be an easy two created by one of our super guards.