The Toronto Raptors are set to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers for the next several years but it appears they still need to upgrade the power forward position. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Raptors are interested in signing Serge Ibaka next summer when he becomes a free agent.
Doug Smith of The Toronto Star was asked by a fan through his mailbag if the Raptors can sign Serge Ibaka, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, to a contract.
“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,” Smith answered.
NBA rumors in Toronto imply that general manager Masai Uriji will do his best to convince the 27-year-old forward to come to the North. However, the Raptors also have to worry about securing Kyle Lowry to a new deal like what they did to DeMar DeRozan.
According to Brian Boakee of Raptors Rupture, it is possible to sign Ibaka next season with Patrick Patterson and Jared Sullinger coming off the books. Toronto could also unload the salaries of Terrence Ross and DeMarre Carroll if they fail to meet the expectations this season.
The Raptors has had a great offseason as they re-signed DeRozan and added rookies Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam. They also still have Bruno Caboclo, who is looking to get more playing time and be part of the rotation. Toronto has done well to build a team and they can sign Ibaka without sacrificing the roster’s depth.
For the meantime, Serge Ibaka is a player of the Orlando Magic. He will be in a pickled frontcourt that has Aaron Gordon, Bismack Biyombo, and Nikola Vucevic. The Magic took a lot of risk in Biyombo and it could lead to Ibaka’s departure next summer.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that these are just NBA rumors at the moment. The Raptors will be looking at all their options next summer since they are one star away from legitimately challenging the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.
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