Ibaka vehemently denied those rumors on Saturday, and then reportedly agree to a three-year, less-than-max deal in Toronto.
Ibaka is coming off a season in which he averaged 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
Although there was interest from both the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, it felt like it was only a matter of time until the Raptors reached an agreement with Ibaka. Despite all the other maneuvering, the most important piece of information the Toronto Raptors can share with their fans is that a new Kyle Lowry contract is in place. Lowry wrote. "And like I said - to me, that was an easy decision". The new deal for Serge will average out to be over $21.5 million per season. At the end of the season, he said his daughter liked Toronto though and he is close with his former Oklahoma City assistant coach Rex Kalamian, who remains on Dwane Casey's staff.
For Ibaka, this deal pays him the contract he was likely looking for and also leaves him with a chance to earn another contract since he will be 31 years old once this deal expires.
Ibaka is one of only 13 players in National Basketball Association history to make 100 3-pointers and record 100 blocks in the same season; he did it last season, along with Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis and Brook Lopez.
"I'm sad that may people will have read a rumor and will have made a false assumption that can last forever, while they maybe will not read what I'm writing now".
Why is that? According to an appearance that ESPN's Zach Lowe did on Bleacher Report's "The Full 48" podcast, teams are concerned about Ibaka's listed age. Ibaka, a trade deadline acquisition, will no longer just be a one year rental for Toronto.