Kyle Lowry Announces Raptors Contract Agreement in Players' Tribune Exclusive
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jul 03, 2017,
Jul 03, 2017, 0:52
Ibaka's previous contract signed in 2013 was a four-year deal worth only $49 million.
He averaged 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks between the Magic and Raptors.
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.
As first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors have agreed to a three-year, $65 million contract. Redick provides both. The 11-year veteran shot 42.9 percent from three last season, a year after leading the league with a 47.5 percent mark.
Serge Ibaka takes in Fashion Week last month in Paris. In his first six seasons with the Grizzlies and Rockets, he averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 assists per game while shooting 42.0 percent from the floor. Traditional centres like Valanciunas have lost much of their value as the National Basketball Association has transformed, making athletes like Ibaka that can stretch the floor while still moving quickly defensively all of the rage. 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.
Ibaka didn't seem to make the Toronto Raptors a much better team. Lowry then sprained his ankle in Game 2 of Toronto's second-round series against Cleveland and watched his team get swept from the sidelines. They've won 48, 49, 56, and 51 regular season games over the last four seasons, and there is no one left on the planet who any longer believes their potential is greater than what they've achieved. Toronto has a lot of questions heading into the 2017-18 season, and they could regret not breaking up the team in this offseason.