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

03 July, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Felix Jensen

In the playoffs, Ibaka averaged 14.3 points-per-game, with 1.7 blocks, and 6.5 rebounds as the Raptors made it to the second round of the postseason before their elimination.

Ibaka's contract suggests the Raptors could also be nearing an agreement to retain free-agent point guard Kyle Lowry, as USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt indicated late Saturday night.

Big man Sergio Ibaka, who the Raptors traded for at the deadline in 2017, will sign 3-year, $65 million deal to remain in Canada. The Raptors have finished no lower than fourth in the East since that time, finishing last season in third behind the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

He was sent to Toronto by Orlando, in exchange for Terrence Ross and a first-round draft pick - a big price that would have looked even bigger if the Raptors had lost Ibaka for nothing this summer. Serge also hit an impressive 38.3 percent of his "catch-and-shoot" three-pointers last season. This should be Toronto's main priority, because if Lowry leaves, the Raptors will not be able to compete for the Eastern Conference crown. The Raptors only had a * a href="http://stats.nba.com/lineups/advanced/#!?Season=2016-17&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&TeamID=1610612761&GroupQuantity=2&sort=DEF_RATING&dir=1&CF=MIN*GE*300" *107.1 defensive rating with Ibaka and Valanciunas in the lineup. P.J. Tucker signed with Houston instead of coming back, Patrick Patterson is expected to sign elsewhere, Pascal Siakam is not yet ready for that kind of a role and Jakob Poeltl and Lucas Nogueira are centres.

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For a power forward, Ibaka is still an excellent rim protector.

Ibaka didn't seem to make the Toronto Raptors a much better team.

The news comes hours after Toronto's other key free agent Serge Ibaka agreed to a three-year deal with Toronto.

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