The Toronto Raptors wanted to re-sign Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol in offseason, yet they lost both players eventually.
Ibaka was upset that the Raptors didn’t make him the offer he was expecting, because they wanted to save space to re-sign Gasol, per Michael Grange of Sportsnet.
“But the Raptors’ first offer – about $12 million for the 2020-21 season – was below what he was expecting and while Toronto came up to $14 million, they were still trying to keep some powder dry to pursue Gasol.
That didn’t go over well with Ibaka who, according to multiple sources, resented having to play behind the Spanish international and wasn’t going to sign on for a shared role again.
Ibaka quickly pivoted to the Los Angeles Clippers and their two-year deal for $19 million,” Grange reports.
Ibaka went on to sign a two-year, $19M deal with the Clippers. Meanwhile, Gasol agreed to a two-year contract with the Lakers, worth $5,25M.