Just when you thought it was safe to go to bed on day two of NBA Free Agency, Athletic’s Shams Charania dropped the bombshell that Serge Ibaka plans to leave Toronto – and will sign with the Los Angeles Clippers:
Free agent Serge Ibaka has struck a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, sources say at @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski then proposed the following conditions: two years, $ 18 million Shams, in turn, came with the hammer: second year is a player option
That last detail made this information even more difficult, because if Ibaka was interested in becoming a free agent again next offseason, the Raptors could easily have beaten $ 9 million on a one-year contract.
So we have some questions left Was it right time for Ibaka to leave? Did the Raptors hesitate to offer more? Is the option simply insurance against the departure of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (both also have opt-outs after next season)?
Anyway, it’s a sad day Ibaka came to the Raptors in 2017 as a hope, well, in place of the front-runner who had been a disaster since Chris Bosh left town Ibaka’s first season and a half was far from spectacular, which made the 3-year $ 60 million deal he signed before 2018 a huge overpayment
But Ibaka had his best season as a Raptor in 2018-19, helping the team win their first championship – no one will ever forget their massive hat-trick against Ben Simmons in Game 7 against Philadelphia – then dominated this season in 2019-2020, averaging 15 4 points and 82 rebounds shooting 52% from the ground and 39% from downtown
Along the way, he became beloved for his personality and off the field activities, including his fashion chops and his pandemic Instagram “How Talented Are You?” show
Losing him to the Clippers, who stole Kawhi Leonard from the Raptors last offseason, is an extra stab. Of course, it’s hot and Ibaka will no doubt love Hollywood, and the Clippers are more likely to compete for a championship in 2021 But remain the Clippers? Ugh
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