NBA Free Agency 2020: Veteran big man Serge Ibaka has agreed to join the LA Clippers, according to Shams Charania. He will leave the Toronto Raptors.
The deal appears to be of two-years and Serge Ibaka will earn $19 million, according to ESPN.
Ibaka enjoyed a bit of resurrection as he won the NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors in the 2018-19 NBA season. He averaged 15.0 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 52.9 percent from the floor.
Many thought the Raptors would take a step backward in 2019-20 after losing Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Instead, they ended up with the second-best record (53-19) in the Eastern Conference.
How will Serge Ibaka fit in the LA Clippers’ roster?
Ibaka’s skill set makes him the perfect center for the current game. He has the ability to space the floor. He can score inside with the ball.
He is also an excellent defender, he held opposing shooters to 51.5 percent inside six feet, per NBA.com.
With the LA Clippers losing the Sixth Man of the Year, Montrezl Harris to the LA Lakers, Serge Ibaka will fill in for his position. This will also give the Clippers’ big man Zubac some time off the court.
Even though Toronto head coach Nick Nurse limited his role a bit in the playoffs as teams started to rely on smaller lineups. Ibaka continued to be effective as he averaged 16.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per 36 minutes.
The LA Clippers will be eyeing for the NBA Championship next season.