Ibaka, Raptors agree on $65 million, 3-year deal

Ruben Hill
July 2, 2017

With the Raptors now the favorite to also bring back Kyle Lowry, Ibaka should be set for a similar role in his first full season in Toronto.

Forward Serge Ibaka has reached an agreement on a three-year deal worth $65 million to remain with the Toronto Raptors, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Raptors paid a ton to keep Ibaka.

Some of Toronto's players were understandably down after another disappointing playoff exit.

He made 22 starts and appeared in 80 games for the Raptors in 2016-17 and averaged 9.3 points, 3.3 assists and 0.8 steals, all career highs.

It's good that Ibaka responded to these claims, even though he himself recognized that not everyone will see it.

In an era dominated by small ball, Ibaka is the kind of player that makes every team better as he is an elite defender that is not a detriment on the offensive side of the ball.

Meantime, the Raptors will now focus on re-signing their starting all-star point guard Kyle Lowry. Though at the time of this writing it seems like there are few options for Lowry outside Toronto who are considered contenders. An average of $21.66 million per year is a heck of a lot of money for a big man who doesn't move with almost the same explosiveness that he used to, neither possessing the same degree of shot-blocking tenacity or rebounding that he did during his earlier years in Oklahoma City. 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 a power forward, Ibaka is still an excellent rim protector.

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