With the Nets content to wait for Harden to force his way out of Houston, and unable to offer Serge Ibaka enough to keep him away from the Clippers, Brooklyn has pivoted from big-game hunting and big-name targets. The Nets have shifted their focus to improving around the margins and getting ready for the season.
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The Nets tried to add Ibaka to that roster with the $5.7 million taxpayer mid-level exception and showed interest in 6-foot-5 wing Kent Bazemore before he landed in Golden State. But adding Jeff Green on a one-year minimum deal is a cost-effective alternative to Ibaka as a stretch big. Could Nicolas Batum be a fallback plan for Bazemore?
The Raptors offered Ibaka a one-year, $12 million deal to return, league sources told HoopsHype. According to our HoopsHype salary cap expert, Yossi Gozlan, the Raptors likely focused on that $12 million figure for Ibaka because then they could’ve used the mid-level exception and remained right under the tax.
Ibaka agreed to a two-year, $19 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, per reports, and will reunite with former Toronto Raptors teammates Kawhi Leonard. Ibaka has a player option for the second season. The Raptors offered Ibaka a one-year, $12 million deal to return, league sources told HoopsHype.
Bobby Marks: Serge Ibaka contract is for the full $9.25M midlevel exception. The Clippers are now hard capped- $3.4M below the apron but with 2 non-guaranteed contracts (Joakim Noah $2.7M and Justin Patton $1.8M) that could lessen the burden. The Clippers have 11 guaranteed contracts.
Shams Charania: Free agent Serge Ibaka has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Serge Ibaka plans to sign a 2-year, $19M deal with the Clippers, source tells ESPN.
Marc Stein: The Clippers have joined the race for free-agent big men Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol, league sources say Gasol is considered the more realistic target given the fierce competition for Ibaka headed by Toronto and Brooklyn
Adrian Wojnarowski: Among contenders in both conferences, an aggressive early pursuit to lure free agent Serge Ibaka out of Toronto, sources tell ESPN. Of course, the Raptors have strong interest in keep him too.
Serge Ibaka: On my way to… pic.twitter.com/fNVpzmQhTQ
As Forbes’ Mike Mazzeo notes and SNY sources can confirm, prominent members of the Nets organization would like to see the club sign free agent Serge Ibaka. Ibaka is close with Kevin Durant, and he’d be an incredible addition for a club with title aspirations. But can Brooklyn afford Ibaka? It seems highly unlikely that he’ll sign for the tax-payer exception ($5.7 million per year). Ibaka made $23 million dollars last season.
The pandemic-induced bubble that concluded last season created an unusually short amount of time off for much of the league, and Ibaka is at a particular crossroads, set to become a free agent in less than a week. “There’s not really time to rest,” he said last week in a phone interview from Miami, adding, “There’s time just to get my mind set and be ready to go.”
And so while he awaits the beginning of free agency—he couldn’t yet say where he expects to be playing next season, but emphasized how much he’s enjoyed his three seasons in Toronto—Ibaka is launching his first fashion collaboration with the Canadian company Nobis. The nine-piece capsule, which will be available starting November 19, includes some of the brand’s familiar, technically minded outerwear, but is sprinkled throughout with the idiosyncratic touches that Ibaka described as the heart of how he gets dressed.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: Toronto Raptors big man Serge Ibaka & Brooklyn Nets have strong mutual interests per source.
So for their aggressive path, we have them now using their MLE to add another piece to their starting lineup in Ibaka. With Davis preferring to play the 4 full time, a frontcourt of Ibaka and Davis would have scary potential thanks to the former’s floor-spacing, rim-protecting expertise and the latter’s all-world capabilities. If the Lakers go conservative from here on out, they can still re-sign Cousins and Caldwell-Pope while trying to land Matthews on a vet minimum deal. There are already reports out there that Los Angeles is planning to do just that, using Matthews as a replacement for Green, so this wouldn’t be far-fetched whatsoever.
The Houston Rockets have interest in signing Serge Ibaka in free agency, according to Tim MacMahon on the Brian Windhorst podcast. Ibaka would give the Rockets a rim protector who could also maintain their space on offense.
Kevin Durant has been recruiting close friend Serge Ibaka to join the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent, according to league sources.
Durant and Ibaka forged a strong relationship while playing together in Oklahoma City. But the veteran Ibaka, who made $23.3 million last season, would have to take a significant discount to join the Nets.
No matter what happens for the Lakers in the days after the upcoming NBA draft, when the league will begin its free-agency period, they will likely try to lure multiple veterans seeking to play for a contender to L.A., offering a chance at a championship but unable to offer a sizable payout as the team sits over the salary cap already. One target is Raptors big man Serge Ibaka, according to executives around the league.
“From a personnel standpoint, he is exactly the kind of combo big guy that team (the Lakers) needs,” one NBA general manager told Heavy.com. “They have had interest in him before and they will again.”
Golden State legend Rick Barry likes the idea of the eight-time NBA All-Star joining Golden State, but there is a certain pending free agent the Hall of Famer wants to see in a Warriors uniform next season. “The guy that I’d like to see them get — it would be unbelievable — I love Serge Ibaka,” Barry said Thursday morning on KNBR’s “Murph & Mac” show. “He can shoot the 3, he can rebound, block shots. That would be a heckuva addition to this team.”
Serge Ibaka: I know the NBA and free agency news are slow right now but there is no need to make up news lol. I’ve had the same IG bio for years and did not change anything now. Be well everyone! #wethenorth
Another source told me Ibaka could get a deal with the mid-level exception, but the Nets’ $5.7 million MLE is nowhere near Ibaka’s $23 million salary this season. Would he take a discount to end up in Brooklyn with his good friend Durant? Maybe. But not one that big.
Matthew: You heard it from the man himself folks, @sergeibaka says he’s ready to stay and re-sign with the @Raptors! #WeTheNorth (🎥: HollywoodUnlocked)
“I’m going to stay, bro.” Ibaka said. “This place is beautiful. … It’s a beautiful city, beautiful people here and then we have one of the best teams. Why leave?” It’s safe to say the current contract has worked out quite well for both sides. Ibaka is currently averaging a career-best 16.0 points and 8.3 rebounds while playing 27.5 minutes per night. He’s ingrained himself on a roster that’s among the best in the Eastern Conference and was close to locking up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern playoffs before the NBA suspended play due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have re-signed free-agent forwardcentre Serge Ibaka (Surge ee-BAK-ah) to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are thrilled with the skills and intangibles Serge brings to our team,” said Raptors President Masai Ujiri. “He is one of the top two-way power forwards in the NBA and his ability to stretch the floor is a valuable asset today’s game.”
Mike Fisher: #Mavs liked Ibaka. Termed idea ‘a long shot.’ Of course, they were right. twitter.com/wojespn/status…
Dwyane Wade: @sergeibaka_7 Congrts bro!!! I’m still laughing about our convo in Paris 😂😂😂💰💰💰 Serge Ibaka: Thanks bro! 😂😂😂 twitter.com/dwyanewade/sta…
Adrian Wojnarowski: Source: Free agent forward Serge Ibaka has reached agreement on a three-year, $65M contract to stay with the Toronto Raptors.
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors continue to progress towards deals with Lowry and Ibaka, per Woj, but neither is imminent. Raps are still considering going “young”
Jordan Schultz: Serge Ibaka “wants to return” to the #Raptors, source says. Is prepared however, to listen to Pat Riley’s pitch. #Heat
Michael Grange: Most recent word is Raptors are confident Ibaka and Lowry will get done; facing competition for Tucker.
Alex Kennedy: With the Eastern Conference seemingly getting weaker, rival executives currently believe Toronto may re-sign Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.
Mike Fisher: BREAKING: #Mavs plan admitted ‘long-shot’ FA reach-out to #Raptors Serge Ibaka, DallasBasketball.com has learned. #NBAFreeAgency pic.twitter.com/M5Akc4DdZs
“We have a plan. We have a Plan A. And we have a Plan B,” Pat Riley said. “There’s no D, E, F or G.” Plan C, though, might be coming to light, with an Eastern Conference official saying he would not be surprised if the Heat reprise the play they made for power forward Serge Ibaka before February’s NBA trading deadline.
But Ibaka long has held a fascination for the Heat because of an offensive game that takes opposing defenders to the perimeter, and a defensive game capable of deterrence at the rim. Ibaka was dealt from the Orlando Magic to the Toronto Raptors at midseason, with the Raptors allowed to exceed the salary cap to re-sign Ibaka because of the Bird Rights that accompanied him in his trades from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Magic and then to the Raptors.
Zach Lowe: “As uncomfortable as it is to say that, the league, not the league office, teams believe that (Serge Ibaka) is older than his listed age. Whether he is or not, and what are the ethical issues of saying that, I don’t know, but it affects the free agency market for him.”
Josh Lewenberg: Ujiri on the trade deadline deals for Ibaka/Tucker-“One of the reasons we did it was for their rights… We need a training camp (together)”
Ryan Wolstat: Ibaka said not thinking about future yet. Ankle slowed him a bit but he’s “blessed to be healthy.” Liked Toronto. Will talk with daughter
Brian Windhorst: Two teams in the last year have said ‘You know what? We’re not so sure about Serge, we’re gonna move on from him.’ And yet it wouldn’t surprise me if Serge Ibaka is earning more money next year than Kevin Love.
Apparently Sergie Ibaka was too tired to go – which made Terrence Ross unable to play. Despite Ross coming in early, getting film & shots. It was a little obvious Ibaka did not bond with his Magic teammates but hearing guys had real issues with him and happy to see the change. Heard that Serge really struggled with how Magic young guys wanted to play & he just never bought in belief is he’ll fit better with Raptors. While his pending free agency was a factor it was not the biggest factor in the decison – attitude, expected role, age played biggest role.
Josh Lewenberg: Ujiri on trying to re-sign Ibaka this summer: “I think it’s extremely important. It’s really important that we’re able to do that”
Orlando, according to league sources, remains focused on acquiring a proven scorer on the wing before the Feb. 23 trade deadline if the ever-elusive right deal presents itself. The corresponding expectation in league circles is that the Magic will try to move a big man to make that happen, with Nikola Vucevic continuing to rank as the most likely of Orlando’s bigs to depart because Serge Ibaka is headed for free agency in July (which complicates trading him) and with Bismack Biyombo only in the first year of a four-year, $68 million deal bound to put some teams off.
Are you going to re-sign Serge Ibaka in free agency this summer? Hennigan: We don’t comment on those things publicly. We value Serge a great deal. He’s been really good for us, and he’s certainly someone that we hope is in our future.
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.
Ibaka, 27, is due to earn $12.3 million during the upcoming season, and he likely will command a significant raise in free agency. “I’m not really worried about my contract year or my long-term,” Ibaka said.
Doug Smith: Rest assured, at this moment – and all know how things can change – I know a free agent Serge Ibaka is very much on their minds and without knowing the total math or 2017 numbers, I imagine they have a scenario in mind where it could work.
Alex Kennedy: Serge Ibaka on future: “I’m not thinking about next year or the contract. I’m focused on right now. I’m excited, want to make the playoffs.”
Ibaka bristled about his lack of touches in Oklahoma City and for the past year has been sending signals he might leave in free agency, sources have told ESPN.com. Goran Dragic and his camp agitated in the same way as the Suns imploded during the final year of Dragic’s deal; the Heat swooped in and nabbed the guard for two first-round picks and zero relevant players.
For a team that won 55 games and finished one win shy of the NBA Finals, it was a stunningly significant shakeup. Ibaka, 26, had been a key component of the Thunder’s core for seven years alongside Durant and Russell Westbrook. But Ibaka had grown unhappy with his role, a person familiar with the situation told CBS Sports, and was considered likely to leave as an unrestricted free agent in 2017. Though Ibaka had not requested a trade, it was reasonable to expect that such a request could be on the horizon.
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With several games postponed and fewer players available due to the league’s health and safety protocols, 10-year NBA veteran Jodie Meeks hopes to earn a roster spot this season. “I haven’t retired, and I’m not looking to retire,” Meeks told HoopsHype. “I’m still healthy, and I’m only 33. The way my game is, it’s not like I’m super athletic running and jumping like Russell Westbrook. I’m strictly shooting and playing defense. I could still move. I could still play for a while. I just need an opportunity.”
Meeks worked out in Los Angeles at the Mamba Academy with several Brooklyn Nets players in November, including Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and DeAndre Jordan. The former Kentucky Wildcat also trained with Chris Brickley in New York during the fall. “They need to get me in Brooklyn,” Meeks told HoopsHype. “They need some shooting.”
Consistency is key, and the Clippers did what they had to do this week. They hadn’t put together an undefeated week this season, and now they have. It will mean more when they can continue to meet challenges and handle them accordingly going forward. “It helps when guys feel comfortable when they’re playing and not just thinking the game the whole time,” Leonard said. “It’s early still. We still want to get better. We’re not where we want to be. And that’s all I really got to say about it.”
The Suns (7-4) are set to resume action Monday on the national holiday that celebrates the man who led the Civil Rights Movement that brought great change to America. The game takes on greater meaning for the Suns because they’re playing in Memphis (6-6), where King was assassinated April 4, 1968. “I just hope that it doesn’t just become something we do,” Suns coach Monty Williams said as the NBA has made a game on MLK Day in Memphis an annual occurrence. “I hope it continues to become a moment in time, a moment in the year where we really think about what Dr. King sacrificed so that a guy like me can be in this position, because that’s what I think about.”
“Growing up in colonial Virginia, if you know anything about that part of the country, there was a number of tensions there,” Williams said. “Because of that, you heard the family members talk about Dr. King and many others who were not just speaking out, but sacrificing a ton so that our world, our country could be a better place.” Williams said his grandfather, who raised him, looked up to King. So while he heard stories from his family about the struggles of living in Virginia, Williams recognized how much King meant to his grandfather when hearing him talk about the famed minister.
In what they all consider their most important project, Anthony, Paul and Wade launched the “Social Change Fund” to address racial inequality issues. They involve ending police brutality, establishing criminal justice reform, expanding voting access, improving education, health equity and economic investment as well as promoting change through education and the arts. The three have donated an unspecified amount. “The Social Change Fund is timely,” Anthony told USA TODAY Sports. “It was our time to step up to the plate, put our money where our mouth is and really go out there and make change.”