Serge Ibaka
PF TOR
3 weeks ago

Ibaka has agreed to terms on a three-year, $65 million contract with the Raptors, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ibaka was traded from the Magic to the Raptors midway through the 2016-17 campaign. He went on to start 23 games for Toronto, posting averages of 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks across 31.0 minutes. In re-signing with the Raptors, Ibaka should continue to operate with the starting five and will act as both a rim protector, as well as a shooter that can open up the floor. With the Raptors currently the favorite to also bring back Kyle Lowry, Ibaka should be set for a similar role in his first full season in Toronto.

Serge Ibaka
PF TOR
3 weeks ago

Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent when the free agency period begins Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

With his deal set to expire, Ibaka will hit the market unrestricted and figures to be among the most coveted power forwards available this summer. The Raptors are reportedly interested in keeping the 27-year-old around, but Ibaka will likely receive multiple offers in the range of $20 million per season, so the decision will ultimately lie in his hands and could be influenced by whether or not Kyle Lowry returns. Ibaka, who came over from Orlando mid-season, averaged 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 23 games for the Raptors.

Serge Ibaka
PF TOR
2 months ago

Ibaka scored 23 points (10-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding two rebounds and an assist in 35 minutes during Sunday's 109-102 Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers.

EDGE Analysis

It was his best scoring performance of the playoffs for the Raptors, although he was once again neutralized on the glass. Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and while Toronto would love to bring him back into the fold and see what he can do over a full season as a frontcourt complement to their Kyle Lowry-DeMar DeRozan backcourt duo, the 27-year-old should be in very high demand on the open market.

Serge Ibaka
PF TOR
3 months ago

Ibaka finished with seven points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds and two blocks across 31 minutes during Thursday's 92-89 Game 6 victory over the Bucks.

EDGE Analysis

Though Ibaka struggled to find good looks and knock them down, he was the game's leading rebounder with 11 boards -- his best performance on the glass since Game 1, where he ripped down 14 rebounds. Ibaka also feasted on Milwaukee's lack of perimeter shooting throughout the series, averaging 2.4 blocks coming into Thursday's contest, where he swatted two shots. Depending on how coach Dwane Casey addresses the starting lineup during the Raptors' next series against the Cavaliers, he could be faced up against a tough offensive opponent in Kevin Love. Though, if coach Casey opts to keep rolling with Ibaka at center, he could be matched up against Tristan Thompson. Regardless, Ibaka will be forced to protect the glass, as both players are top-tier rebounding presences. Game 1 tips off Monday.

Serge Ibaka
PF TOR
3 months ago

Ibaka (ankle) will play and start at power forward for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ibaka was able to go through pregame warmups without any issues, so he feels comfortable enough with the ankle to give it a go Tuesday. Look for him to take on his usual role in the starting lineup and the fact that this is an important playoff game, Ibaka will likely take on a full workload. If at any point Ibaka does deal with some ankle issues, Patrick Patterson and P.J. Tucker would likely be the favorites to see an uptick in minutes. Ibaka posted 19 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks across 36 minutes in Game 1.

Serge Ibaka
PF TOR
3 months ago

Ibaka (ankle) went through morning shootaround and is expected to play, but should be considered a game-time decision, Josh Lewenberg of The Sports Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ibaka sat out Monday's practice to rest and recover after suffering an ankle injury during Saturday's loss to the Bucks. His participation in Tuesday's morning shootaround is a good sign for his availability for Game 2. That being said, his ankle was heavily taped and coach Dwane Casey said he will be a game-time decision. While he's expected to play, it's possible his condition could worsen prior to tipoff. Look for more updates throughout the day, with the final word possibly coming during pregame warmups.

Serge Ibaka
PF TOR
3 months ago

Ibaka sat out Monday's practice with an ankle injury, but is expected to be ready to play in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks, Raptors radio play-by-play announcer Eric Smith reports.

EDGE Analysis

It sounds like Ibaka is just dealing with some minor soreness to the ankle, so he shouldn't miss any time despite being held out of practice. It's still worth it to monitor his status up through pregame warmups Tuesday just in case he's surprisingly added back to the injury report. That said, Ibaka had a strong Game 1 against the Bucks, posting 19 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks across 36 minutes, so as long as the ankle injury doesn't act up during the game, he should be in line for another hefty workload.

Serge Ibaka
PF TOR
3 months ago

Ibaka scored 19 points (8-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding 14 rebounds and three blocks in 36 minutes during Saturday's 97-83 Game 1 loss to the Bucks.

EDGE Analysis

The 27-year-old did everything expected of him when the Raptors acquired him at the trade deadline, but Ibaka's 15th career playoff double-double ended up going to waste. On paper at least the Raptors have an advantage in the frontcourt in the series, so expect Ibaka to continue getting plenty of usage going forward.

Serge Ibaka
PF TOR
3 months ago

Ibaka will not play in Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers due to rest purposes.

EDGE Analysis

With the No. 3 seed all locked up, Ibaka will sit out the Raptors' regular season finale as a precautionary measure. In his absence, look for Patrick Patterson to see a fairly heavy dose of minutes as the team's stretch four with rookie Jakob Poeltl also expected to see an increase in playing time in the frontcourt Wednesday.

Serge Ibaka
PF TOR
4 months ago

Ibaka recorded 24 points (11-17 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, six blocks and one assist across Sunday's 113-105 victory over the 76ers.

EDGE Analysis

Ibaka made easy work of the inexperienced 76ers, scoring efficiently from the field and shutting down their hopes of an easy layup by swatting a season-high six shots. He's has gelled well with the Raptors since joining the team via trade, essentially retaining the fantasy value he had before he was dealt from the Magic. Look for him to continue averaging 15.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game heading into the final stretch of the regular season.