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FA Type: Unrestricted
2016-17 Salary: $12,250,000
Does he unequivocally wish to re-up with a group he assimilated dual months before a finish of a year?
These Raptors seem respectful (and they are, because: Canada), and this ubiquitous manager of theirs, Masai Ujiri, builds winners wherever he goes. But to my eye, he’s a little too smart. Ujiri wins each deal, so we can be certain if he re-signs Ibaka, he’ll be doing it during reduction than marketplace value.
Seriously, try to consider of a final trade or agreement traffic that went south on Ujiri.
Plus, Ibaka can’t be certain Kyle Lowry is adhering around. Yes, a Raps have Bird rights on both, so a top isn’t an issue. But there’ll be a complicated taxation strike if this register stays intact, and that’ll hamstring a organization’s ability to supplement talent in a future.
Lowry is already 31, and he’s a male in Toronto. They’re going to max him out and understanding with a consequences of his approaching decline. And when he slips, Ibaka could be stuck, and there won’t be an easy approach for a group to get improved since it’ll have capped itself out.
The fit here, right now, is fantastic. Ibaka can play some stretch-5, mop adult on invulnerability for Jonas Valanciunas and work in unison with one of a best backcourts in a East. But there’s a whole universe out there where his ability set is in high demand.
B/R’s Dan Favale called him a “O.G. of floor-spacing shot-blockers.” The O.G.!
Serge, you’ve still got juice!
You only done about $12 million in 2016-17. That’s peanuts. This is your initial ever possibility during unlimited giveaway agency. Embrace it!
Ibaka competence not get a max offer from a Raptors, and even if he does, this is a group whose window is already closing.
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