Serge Ibaka Rumors

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Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
Position: F
Born: 09/18/89
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $12,250,000
Vogel: I think positions still matter in today’s NBA. But he’s comfortable playing both. You’re correct in your assessment that he’s going to be playing mostly small forward on this team. That’s something I’m excited about because I’ve always been able to build some really solid defenses, and the foundation of those teams was defensive length and athleticism. This is what we’re going to have with this club, with either Vuc or Bismack Biyombo at the five and Serge Ibaka at the four and Aaron Gordon at the three, you’ve got a really long, athletic front court, which I think is necessary if you want to be a great defensive team.
Magic executives and coach Frank Vogel expect Biyombo to thrive as leader, which is a reason why the team signed him to a four-year deal worth $17 million per season. The massive contract shocked many people within the league, partly because the Magic roster already included Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic. But Magic officials think Biyombo, 24, is about to blossom and will provide passion and toughness. “He’s a defensive beast,” Vogel said.
In fact, if the team stumbles out of the gate and/or Ibaka isn’t contributing as advertised, the Magic would even have to consider listening to trade offers for him at the deadline. This scenario has to be in the back of Hennigan’s mind anyway, for no other reason than you don’t want Ibaka walking away without compensation. His contract situation will frame the season. The Magic absolutely have gambled on Ibaka, who can become one of the more desirable free agents this summer. The club believed Serge when he told them he was genuinely interested in re-signing with them before they acquired him on draft day.
Storyline: Serge Ibaka Free Agency