Raptors lose Serge Ibaka to Clippers in free agency

Clippers in hot pursuit of Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the National Football League since 2006.

Ibaka will sign a two-year deal worth $19 million, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Later that year, he signed a three-year contract worth $65 million and would eventually play a crucial role in the Raptors' championship run in 2019.

After losing two key big men on the first day of National Basketball Association free agency, the LA Clippers bounced back Saturday.


L.A is looking to fill the void left by 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell, who "shocked" the Clippers by turning down money to sign with Staples Center-rival Los Angeles Lakers via mid-level exception. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, he has agreed to a two-year deal with the LA Clippers.

The move to the Clippers reunites Ibaka with former teammate Kawhi Leonard.

After the first 24 hours of 2020 free agency, Spanish forward Serge Ibaka was among the best remaining players on the board. One of the most colourful characters in the NBA, Ibaka posted a career-high in points per game (15.4) last season, to go with 8.2 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks. Ty Lue replaced Doc Rivers as coach with a revamped staff.

The Clippers still can use another big man and potentially a point guard who can help alleviate the playmaking burden on Leonard and George.

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