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Serge Ibaka is not looking to leave Toronto anytime soon.
Raptors striker, who is in the final season of a $ 65 million, three-year contract, said he was ready to sign the offseason again in a virtual interview with Matt Rodrigo of Sportsnet .
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“I will stay, my brother. Said Ibaka. “This place is beautiful. … It’s a beautiful city, beautiful people here and then we have one of the best teams. Why go? “
It is safe to say that the current contract has worked very well for both parties.
Ibaka currently averages 16.0 points and 8.3 career rebounds while playing 27.5 minutes per night. He is rooted in a top Eastern Conference list and was about to lock out the No. 2 seed in the Eastern playoffs before the NBA suspended play due to of the coronavirus pandemic.
Beyond his numbers, Ibaka was a major player in the team’s first title victory last season and became a fan favorite thanks to his personality and love of scarves.
The 11-year-old veteran will turn 31 in September, so it remains to be seen if he can continue producing at his current clip. Anyway, the triple winner of the first All-Defensive team adds a lot of value at all levels, especially when playing alongside forward Pascal Siakam.
The Raptors have already survived a massive loss in the off season when Kawhi Leonard left for the Los Angeles Clippers last summer. While finding a replacement for Ibaka might be easier in theory, continuing to dismantle a list of championships would carry obvious risks.
In any case, the fact that Ibaka wants to stay with the Raptors should at least be considered a victory. As general manager Bobby Webster continues to anticipate what the team might look like to move forward, he can count on the fact that Ibaka will remain part of the list if he offers him an extension.