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Serge Ibaka agrees to two-year deal with Clippers; Gasol also leaving?

Last Updated Nov 22, 2020 at 3:04 pm EST

Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka (9) celebrates after making a basket against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Free agent centre Serge Ibaka has reportedly signed a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ibaka signed a two-year contract worth $19 million with a player option in the second season, according to reports from The Athletic and ESPN.

“We’ll be okay,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri’s told Sportsnet’s Michael Grange in a text message shortly after the deal was reported.

Ibaka tweeted his thanks to Toronto, Canada and Raptors fans on Sunday, saying “I am one of yours forever.”

The 31-year-old was traded to the Raptors back in February 2017 from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Terrence Ross and a first-round draft choice.

Later that year, he signed a three-year contract worth US$65-million and would eventually play a crucial role in the Raptors’ championship run in 2019.

Ibaka averaged 15.4 points per game and 8.2 rebounds a game with Toronto last season.

With Ibaka’s loss, the Raptors will likely turn their attention to keeping Marc Gasol around, however, according to some reports the big Spaniard may have other interests

Earlier Saturday, Toronto agreed to terms with guard Fred VanVleet to a four-year, US$85-million deal.

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