Raptors to re-sign Serge Ibaka

Miami Heat Rumors: Heat Interested in Veteran Big Man Serge Ibaka

The Raptors and the free agent came to terms on a three-year, $65 million deal on Sunday morning, keeping the big man in the fold long-term. Originally drafted 11th overall by Orlando, the Duke product has spent the last four years of his career with the Clippers. Per The Vertical's Shams Charania, Lowry's contract will be worth $100 million over three seasons, which averages just about $33 million per season.

The immediate reaction to this news is that it feels like a Kyle Lowry agreement is on the way.

"They all led me back to Toronto".

"I'm coming back to Toronto because my heart is telling me that it's home - and because staying home, for me and my family, feels like the right thing to do". Outside DeRozan, Lowry, and Ibaka, there's little chance the Raptors starting five (and depth chart) will look anything like last seasons. 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.


Toronto clearly hasn't changed its thinking.

Despite being their first-reported interest, the New York Knicks are no longer expected to seek permission from the Toronto Raptors to talk to president Masai Ujiri for their same vacant role, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. It's possible that the Raptors took this into account and bumped up the annual salary for the three seasons, making it more valuable than something with a fourth year attached to it.

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

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