Ibaka, in a game between the Raptors and the Nets.Kim Klement / .
Serge Ibaka has agreed to play for the Clippers. The 31-year-old Spanish-Congolese center leaves the Toronto Raptors, with whom he competed since 2017 and with whom he won the NBA champion title in 2019. The agreement with the Los Angeles team is for two years, the second with an option for the player, and a total value of 19 million dollars.
The Clippers, with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George as the team’s main references, lost last season in the Western Conference semifinals to the Denver Nuggets (4-3). Ibaka meets again with Leonard, with whom he won the title in 2019. The Clippers have just lost the contest of center Montrezl Harrell, designated the Best Sixth Player of the season, and who has signed by the Lakers. The Clippers’ starting center last season was the Bosnian Ivica Zubac, who averaged 8.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. Ibaka’s average that season in the Raptors was 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds, with a 56% effectiveness in shooting from the field, 38% in triples. The Clippers have renewed Marcus Morris at the power forward position in which they have lost the contest to JaMychal Green, who has signed for Denver.
The Clippers relieved Doc Rivers at the end of the season and hired Tyron Lue, who had been with the team for a year as a technical assistant, then led three courses to LeBron James’ title-winning Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
Following the departure of Serge Ibaka, the Raptors attempt to renew Marc Gasol’s contract. The Spanish pivot is sought after by several teams. In recent days there has been talk of the interest of the Lakers and Golden State, among others, to get the signing of the Spanish pivot.
A very lively market
The most striking signings at the moment are Gordon Hayward (from Boston to Charlotte, for four years and 120 million dollars), Dwight Howard (from the Lakers to the Sixers, for one year and 2.6 million), Danilo Gallinari (from Oklahoma City to Atlanta, for three years and 61 million), Rajon Rondo (from the Lakers to Atlanta, for two years and 15 million), JaMychal Green (from the Clippers to Denver, for two years and 15 million), Avery Bradley (from Boston to Miami, for two years and 11.6 million), Jae Crowder (from Miami to Phoenix, for three years and 30 million), Dennis Schröder (from Oklahoma to the Lakers), Danny Green (from the Lakers to Oklahoma), plus Chris Paul’s move to Phoenix and Ricky Rubio’s return to Minnesota.