Friday, 22 September, 2017

Serge Ibaka sticking with Raptors, agrees to three-year, $65 million deal

Jan Ortega | 03 July, 2017, 00:51

Based on Toronto's current situation, I would guess that Lowry signs a three-year deal with the Raptors worth somewhere around $87 million. Overall in 2016-17, Redick averaged 15.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 28.2 minutes over 78 games (all as a starter). 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.

So, all things considered, the Raptors will keep a valuable player and can keep this core around (the most successful one they've had) for a good duration. Assuming Kyle Lowry will return to Toronto-an increasingly likely scenario-the Raptors will remain exactly who they have been in recent years. The vet averaged 9.1 points and 4.2 rebounds on the season. The Raptors may have to say goodbye to Patrick Patterson, unless Toronto's ownership is willing to pay the extra taxes to re-sign him. Ibaka probably fits best with Toronto as a center, where he can protect the rim, and not as a power forward guarding stretch fours on the perimeter.

Ibaka, who's entering his ninth National Basketball Association season, has career averages of 12 points and 7.3 rebounds.

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.

The Thunder traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic before the final season of his contract when it appeared they would not retain him.

Meanwhile, P.J. Tucker, the other big acquisition the Raptors snagged at last season's trade deadline, will depart for Houston, having agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract. Toronto has a lot of questions heading into the 2017-18 season, and they could regret not breaking up the team in this offseason.

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