Serge Ibaka has agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. He has a player option in his second season with the Clippers. Ibaka’s deal is worth $19 million according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Ibaka will reunite with Kawhi Leonard, a former teammate of his on the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 championship-winning squad.
Serge Ibaka is a critical acquisition for the Los Angeles Clippers, who lost Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green to their two biggest Western Conference competitors on the first day of free agency. Harrell was the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, who shocked many to join Clippers’ rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. While JaMychal Green, an important role player for the Clippers, agreed to a two-year $15 million deal with the Denver Nuggets.
In 55 regular-season games, Ibaka averaged 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 38% from the three-point field in just 27.0 minutes of playing. He was more efficient in fewer minutes during the 2020 playoffs, averaging 14.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 51.1% from the three-point field.
Serge Ibaka had a big role in Toronto Raptors’ success this year. The Raptors had the second-best record in the whole league, only behind Milwaukee Bucks, with 53 wins and 19 losses. They earned the second seed entering the playoffs. The Raptors swept the Brooklyn Nets 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs. In a nail-biting seven-game series, they fell to the Boston Celtics 4-3.
On the other hand, the Clippers had a disappointing postseason. The Clippers has the fourth-best record in the NBA and second-best record in the western conference with 49 wins and 23 loses. They eventually blew a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals to the Denver Nuggets. Squandering leads of 16 points, 19 points, and 12 points throughout the series.