Published: Mon, July 03, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Serge Ibaka Signs Three-Year Deal To Stay With Raptors

Serge Ibaka Signs Three-Year Deal To Stay With Raptors

Winderman also notes that if the Raptors lose point guard Kyle Lowry in free agency, they might be more willing to let Ibaka go to jump-start a rebuilding process.

Ibaka was dealt from the Orlando Magic to the Toronto Raptors midseason a year ago, and the Raptors are expected to make a strong push to keep the 6-foot-10 power forward. OKC has since dealt Ilyasova to the Philadelphia 76ers in the trade that brought versatile forward Jerami Grant to Oklahoma City.

Ibaka's new contract is easily the largest one he's ever signed.

Last season, Lowry averaged 22.4 points, 7.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game. The new deal for Serge will average out to be over $21.5 million per season.

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He was sent to Toronto by Orlando, in exchange for Terrence Ross and a first-round draft pick - a big price that would have looked even bigger if the Raptors had lost Ibaka for nothing this summer. Still an athletic specimen, he shot 39 percent on four 3-point attempts per game last season, and he's only missed more than four games in a season once since his rookie year, making him an attractive power forward or center option in the pace-and-space era. There was an issue with the contract (specifically, it violated the Over-38 Rule, since his 38th birthday would have come during the fourth year of the deal). He has agreed to return for $11 million over three years, per Woj.

Iguodala regularly guarded Cleveland star LeBron James during the NBA Finals yet again, and scored his post-season high of 20 points in the Game 5 title clincher.

Serge Ibaka finished the 2016-17 National Basketball Association season with 1,173 points, the second highest of his career, although his block numbers dropped to only 124, the lowest outside of his rookie campaign.

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