Serge Ibaka on joining the Clippers: “I wanted to stay with the Raptors, but last minute things change. People see things differently”

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Serge Ibaka opened up about his decision to leave the Toronto Raptors and join the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ibaka said he wanted to remain with the Raptors, yet the two sides were not on the same page regarding a new contract.

“I didn’t even think about leaving Toronto until everything started. Just felt like things was not going the same situation I was thinking. I wanted to stay with the Raptors, but last minute things change. People see things differently.

“I feel like the Clippers was the perfect fit for me. It was not an easy decision to make because I loved Toronto. I even told Kyle and Freddy how much I loved playing with them… At the beginning of FA, I wasn’t thinking about leaving Raptors,” Ibaka told reporters, via Tomer Azarly of Clutchpoints.