Now, the Raptors are turning all of their attention to re-signing point guard Kyle Lowry, which they are expected to do. Ibaka vehemently denied those rumors on Saturday, and then reportedly agree to a three-year, less-than-max deal in Toronto.
Ibaka gave the Raptors 14.2 points per game as well, shooting 39.8 percent from 3-point range with 1.8 made triples a night.
The 31-year-old guard opted out of the final year of his contract in May, and said in the Raptors' post-season press conference that he wanted to win a championship. Outside DeRozan, Lowry, and Ibaka, there's little chance the Raptors starting five (and depth chart) will look anything like last seasons.
"That's going to help me a lot because he really understands me", Ibaka had said of Kalamian back in February.
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"I want a ring", Lowry said.
The duo led the Raptors to back-to-back 50-win seasons, and four consecutive playoff berths. My heart is telling me that this is the best city in the world, with the best basketball fans in the world. "So whether he is or not, or what are the ethical issues of saying that, I don't know". They've won 48, 49, 56, and 51 regular season games over the last four seasons, and there is no one left on the planet who any longer believes their potential is greater than what they've achieved.
The news came several hours after reports that the team was losing gritty defensive specialist P.J. Tucker to the Houston Rockets.
He previously played with the Oklahoma City Thunder and has averaged 12.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over the course of his career.