The Toronto Raptors are going to face tough competition for Serge Ibaka, who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
According to Sean Deveney of Forbes.com and Heavy.com, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat, and other teams around the league are expected to show interest to sign the veteran big.
“The Raptors are still the favorite to keep Ibaka,” Deveney reported. “But if he leaves, he would only do so to have a chance at a championship – teams like the [Boston] Celtics, the [Los Angeles] Clippers, the Heat, the [Dallas] Mavericks and the [Portland] Trail Blazers are among those interested in Ibaka. The [Los Angeles] Lakers, though, would offer him the best chance at another ring.”
The Lakers are offering Ibaka the chance to win another ring, after an incredible season in the shortened 2019-2020 campaign with the Raptors.
Ibaka, 31, put up 15.4 points, 8.2 boards, and 1.4 assists per game in the regular season in Toronto, while he remained an important part of the team in the postseason averaging 14.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest.