Raptors lose Serge Ibaka to Clippers in free agency

Clippers in hot pursuit of Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka

The deal is a two-year contract worth $19 million, with a player option in the second year, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

This reported deal is huge for the Clippers, who a day earlier, had reportedly lost their reigning Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell to their cross-town rivals - the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ibaka was a key member of the Raptors' championship-winning team in 2019, selflessly accepting a role coming off the bench after the team acquired Marc Gasol.

The Clippers managed to retain starting power forward Marcus Morris on a four-year, $64 million deal, but they had been left with a gaping lack of depth behind him and starting center Ivica Zubac.

The Clippers found a strong replacement for Serge Ibaka. The Brooklyn Nets, who were one of the teams competing for Ibaka's services, only had a smaller version of the same exception to offer, known as the taxpayer MLE (worth $5.7 million). Ibaka averaged 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, while shooting.385 from beyond the arc in 2019-20.

Ibaka, 31, spent the past three and a half seasons with the Raptors but will now join former Raps teammate Kawhi Leonard on the west coast.

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