The signing of Serge Ibaka by Los Angeles Clippers It was the bomb of the second night of the hectic NBA transfer market. The Congolese center with a Spanish passport will sign for the Lakers’ neighbor a contract with two seasons and 19 million dollarss, with the option for the player to be free at the end of the first. Ibaka will be reunited with the Clippers with his former partner Kawhi Leonard with whom he won the ring of in the ranks of the Toronto Raptors.
It was an open secret that Serge Ibaka’s future in the NBA lay in a franchise that was a candidate for the ring. He had plenty of suitors and it only remained to know which team would be chosen. Definitely resolved. The Hispanic-Congolese pivot jHe will play at the Los Angeles Clippers for the next two seasons, the second one with player option, that is, the renewal option will only be executed if the player wants.
Ibaka will charge 19 million dollars for his two seasons in the Los Angeles Clippers, where he will once again cross paths with the superstar Kawhi Leonard, with whom he joins a great friendship and with whom he conquered the first ever ring to the Toronto Raptors in 2019, just two seasons ago.
The NBA heist of the century
Having Serge Ibaka as a free agent made him one of the most sought-after players on the market… and for free. The pivot has reached the maturity of his career after in the NBA And he’s coming off a spectacular season where he has become more than just a defensive specialist and a tremendous intimidator: has averaged 15.4 points per game (the highest number of his career), 8.2 rebounds and 38.5% in triples.
In addition, Ibaka comes to the Clippers after making it very clear throughout these last two seasons in the Raptors that he is a player capable of performing at the best level in the playoffs, something highly sought after in the NBA, because it is where the big franchises play the ring.
With his numbers, his experience, and the added bonus of being a free agent, Serge Ibaka was being monitored by the best teams in the NBA. In addition to the Toronto Raptors, who made him a desperate renewal offer, he was on the radar of the Lakers and, above all, the Nets. In the early hours of free agency, Ibaka’s reunion with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn was taken for granted after his brother gave the scoop by saying on Twitter that his destiny was to be the Nets.
The Clippers bomb
In the end Serge Ibaka will meet Leonard again at the Clippers, who this year become a firm candidate for the ring after last season’s huge disappointment. First in the regular league, where despite being second in the Western Conference after the Lakers they did not show any solidity. And then in the playoffs, beating the Mavericks with more than desirable problems in the first round in the infield and falling thunderously in conference semifinals after coming back 3-1 against the Nuggets.
Also, the Clippers had not done well in the early hours of the NBA transfer market, as they lost two of the most important pieces of their inner game: Montrez Harrell and JaMychal Green. To top it all, they both went to their biggest conference rivals, the Lakers and the Nuggets.
That is why the signing of Ibaka had become strategic for the Los Angeles franchise, which threatened to fall short in the game. Now everything changes because they have signed a better player than either of the two who have left. In fact, in the United States there are already voices that point out this signing as the theft of the draft, due to the quality of the player, the need that his team covers and the money that he will be paid, which will not reach 10 million per year.