Serge Ibaka leaves Raptors for Clippers in free agency | Offside

Ross Houston
November 22, 2020

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Ibaka agreed to a two-year contract worth $19 million USA with a player option in the second season, according to reports from The Athletic and ESPN. The deal will include a player option in the second year, the source said.

Ibaka will help to ease the reported loss of Clippers big Montrezl Harrell, the reigning Kia NBA Sixth Man, who is expected to sign with the crosstown rival Lakers. The Clippers could likely benefit from adding another big man, but Ibaka is a strong start. And Green, a significant piece of the Clippers' rotation, agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with the Denver Nuggets, a league source confirmed to ESPN.

The move to the Clippers reunites Ibaka with former teammate Kawhi Leonard. Ibaka had multiple suitors, including the Toronto Raptors with whom he won a title in 2019.

On June 15, 2019, two days after the Toronto Raptors won the National Basketball Association championship, Serge Ibaka posted a viral clip of Kawhi Leonard on his Snapchat.

Of course, the Clippers aren't the only team interested in Gasol and Ibaka - two of the most accomplished players on the market.

The Clippers' two biggest wins of free agency so far have been Ibaka and Marcus Morris Sr. Ty Lue replaced Doc Rivers as coach with a revamped staff.

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