Free agent Serge Ibaka plans to sign a two-year, $ 19 million deal with the LA Clippers, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The rebirth of Ibaka’s career as a small-ball five for the Toronto Raptors continued through last season. The 31-year-old averaged a career-high 15.4 points per game. He also averaged 8.2 rebounds, the second-most in a career season and the most since 2013-14 (8.8).
Ibaka made a name for himself early in his career as an elite shot-blocker with the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he was fourth wheel behind Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
After a brief stint in Orlando, Ibaka was traded to the Raptors midway through the 2016-17 season. He signed a 3-year, $ 64 million deal to stay with Toronto the following offseason. Ibaka lived up to that price when he helped the Raptors win the franchise’s first NBA championship two seasons ago.
Heading into his 12th season in the NBA, Ibaka remains a strong and versatile defender capable of defending multiple positions. After a year of losses two seasons ago, Ibaka came back as a threat from deep down last season. He shot 38.5 percent on 3s, the second-best mark of his career.
Ibaka, who has been something of an ironman, played 55 games, his career low, last season. He missed more than two weeks with a sprained ankle last November.