Serge Ibaka has exercised his participant possibility and can return to the LA Clippers for his second season, sources confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.
Ibaka picked up his $9.7-million possibility. The veteran middle was the Clippers’ greatest addition in the course of the previous offseason in free company however Ibaka was restricted to only 41 common season video games with a again harm.
Ibaka missed 30 straight video games with the harm earlier than returning for the ultimate two video games of the common season. He performed within the Clippers’ first two playoff video games in opposition to the Dallas Mavericks earlier than present process again surgical procedure later within the postseason.
Ibaka averaged 11.1 factors, 6.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in additional than 23 minutes per recreation — his lowest common in enjoying time in a daily season since his first yr in Oklahoma Metropolis in 2009-10. Ivica Zubac emerged because the beginning middle throughout Ibaka’s absence within the common season. However Zubac missed the final two video games of the Western Convention finals with a sprained MCL.
Ibaka’s participant possibility determination was first reported by The Athletic.