Serge Ibaka has been playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder for seven years before he was traded to the Orlando Magic this offseason. The 27-year-old power forward will become an unrestricted free agent next summer and plans to re-sign with the Magic.
In the 2016 NBA draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis. Many people have praised this move by the Thunder, saying that it could help them convince Kevin Durant to re-sign with the team.
Unfortunately, the Thunder lost Durant after he decided to join their West rivals, Golden State Warriors. During his seven-year stint in Oklahoma, Serge Ibaka was reportedly not contended with his role, especially on the offensive end.
There were reports saying that coach Billy Donovan will be giving him a larger role next season before the surprise trade happened. Though Serge Ibaka did not expect the trade, there is no doubt that he can get the role that he wants with the Orlando Magic.
Ibaka is one of the big men who fits well in the modern NBA. Aside from his defensive prowess, he can also stretch the floor with his three-point shooting. However, it remains questionable why the Magic paid too much if Ibaka can leave in next year’s free agency.
“We certainly traded for Serge thinking long-term, and that’s our expectation,” Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said.
Serge Ibaka is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Though it is too early to predict his decision, it seems like the 27-year-old power forward has made up his mind to re-sign with the Magic next summer.
“I’m looking to stay here to play forever — for [as] many, many years as possible,” Serge Ibaka said during the Magic’s media day.
As of now, the main goal of the Orlando Magic is to enter the 2017 NBA playoffs. If they succeed in their mission, there is a higher possibility that Serge Ibaka will re-sign next summer.
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