Tuesday, 15 June, 2021

Serge Ibaka, Clippers Agree to Deal

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Cary Erickson | 22 November, 2020, 19:24

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

Ibaka will have a big hole to fill in the form of Harrell, who was announced to have left the Clippers for the neighboring Los Angeles Lakers, earlier this week.

According to reports, Serge Ibaka has chose to join the Clippers - the same team that wrested Kawhi Leonard away from Toronto in 2019 - on a two-year, $19-million United States contract. The second year of the deal will reportedly be a player option. And Green, a significant piece of the Clippers' rotation, agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with the Denver Nuggets, a league source confirmed to ESPN.

In Los Angeles, Ibaka reunites with Kawhi Leonard, a former teammate on the Toronto Raptors 2019 championship-winning squad. Ibaka had multiple suitors, including the Toronto Raptors with whom he won a title in 2019.

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Ibaka, who had his best National Basketball Association season in 2019-20, averaging 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, had been weighing offers from Toronto, Brooklyn and the Clippers.

Of course, the Clippers aren't the only team interested in Gasol and Ibaka - two of the most accomplished players on the market.

For much of Day 2 of free agency, it appeared that the Clippers were going. The Clippers also hope that the well-liked Ibaka can help improve the team's chemistry.