Toronto Raptors re-sign forward Serge Ibaka to three-year deal

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Serge Ibaka and the Raptors have agreed to a three-year, $65 million contract. He has played the last five seasons for the Raptors. Serge Ibaka was a reliable dump off option for the Raptors, and he will be a good fit for the long-term offering a third core offensive contributor alongside DeMar DeRozan, and potentially Kyle Lowry. The vet averaged 9.1 points and 4.2 rebounds on the season.

The news came several hours after reports that the team was losing gritty defensive specialist P.J. Tucker to the Houston Rockets.

If we factor in Anunoby's cap hold, that would put Toronto's total salaries at over $128 million for the 2017-18 season, or about $9 million over the luxury tax.

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Ibaka is one of only 13 players in National Basketball Association history to make 100 3-pointers and record 100 blocks in the same season; he did it last season, along with Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis and Brook Lopez. Ibaka probably fits best with Toronto as a center, where he can protect the rim, and not as a power forward guarding stretch fours on the perimeter.

In an era dominated by small ball, Ibaka is the kind of player that makes every team better as he is an elite defender that is not a detriment on the offensive side of the ball. Then, Toronto was swept by Cleveland in the second round. Bringing the band back together made sense for Masai Ujiri and the Raptors. They've won 48, 49, 56, and 51 regular season games over the last four seasons, and there is no one left on the planet who any longer believes their potential is greater than what they've achieved. Is one of the highest payrolls in the league really worth it for a non-contender?

Serge Ibaka is unique in that he's a 27-year-old big man with playoff experience who can shoot threes, block shots (although not as frequently as he used to), rebound (same).

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