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Serge Ibaka | Center/Forward | #7

Team: Orlando Magic
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 245
College: Republic of Congo
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (24) / OKC
Contract: view contract details
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Serge Ibaka has been training with FC Barcelona's "B" squad in order to stay in shape for the NBA season.
The 26-year-old has been training with the FC Barcelona's reserve team in an attempt to hit the ground running when he arrives at Magic training camp. Ibaka should benefit from a change of scenery in Orlando and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him regain top-20 fantasy value in standard leagues this season. Sep 6 - 12:23 PM

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Serge Ibaka said that he never asked Thunder management to trade him away.

"I never asked to be traded, even though there was a lot of media conjecture that I was unhappy with my role," stated Ibaka. He also added that while he's going to miss the fans in OKC, he's "thrilled" to have a new beginning in Orlando, and he likes the idea of playing for the defensive oriented Frank Vogel. A change of scenery could be just what Ibaka needs to reestablish himself as a top-20 asset in standard 9-cat leagues, so he could make for a nice value pick on draft day.
Aug 31 - 10:29 AM

According to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, Serge Ibaka could be a target for the Raptors next summer.

Ibaka can walk as an unrestricted free agent next summer, so the Magic took a huge gamble by moving Victor Oladipo in the deal. It's unclear if the interest is mutual, but it's no secret that the Raptors need an upgrade at power forward -- Toronto signed Jared Sullinger, but it's just a one-year deal. Regardless, the Magic must be confident that Ibaka will stay in Orlando and his fantasy value should get a nice boost with his new team.
Aug 2 - 10:50 PM

Frank Vogel outlined how he will utilize Serge Ibaka during Ibaka's introductory press conference, saying he wants him to "grow on the offensive end."

"We plan on taking advantage of his 3-point shooting," Vogel said. "But also exploring the rest of his game — in the post, in the dunker’s spot, around the offensive glass, rolls to the basket, running the floor. He was limited in the opportunities that he had with the way Oklahoma City play. We think this is an opportunity for his game to really grow on the offensive end." Ibaka was more of a decoy in OKC, but he'll have the opportunity to resurrect his career in Orlando. Top-20 value is a realistic goal.
Jun 30 - 6:03 PM

According to multiple reports, issues existed between the Thunder and Serge Ibaka.

This followup shouldn't be considered shocking given Ibaka's agent, Andy Miller, went on the record to say that OKC promised a "larger role" for his client without ever delivering. Ken Berger of CBS Sports echoed Chris Mannix of The Vertical in reporting Ibaka had grown unhappy with his role on the Thunder, while ESPN's Royce Young wrote that Ibaka was never very close with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, citing that the two superstars "were often frustrated with Ibaka's mental mistakes." Now in Orlando, Ibaka will have a chance to reinvent himself as a player under Frank Vogel.
Source: PBT
Jun 27 - 12:16 PM

Serge Ibaka's agent, Andy Miller, said there was an expectation of a "larger role" for his client with the Thunder.

Back in March, Ibaka did mention his play on defense wasn't rewarded on the offensive end. Ibaka's usage rate has dropped in each of the last two seasons while he turned in career-low total rebounding and block percentages. Moving to Orlando, he should have much more opportunity now that two of the league's most used players, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, are not with him. After a really down 2015-16 season, Ibaka could be back to his top-20 status in standard leagues.
Jun 25 - 2:32 PM

Serge Ibaka will not play for Spain at the Olympics this summer.

Ibaka is entering a contract year, so he likely doesn't want to take any unnecessary risks. Luckily for Spain, Pau Gasol confirmed that he will play this summer, while we can expect to see Nikola Mirotic take on a larger role in Ibaka's absence.
Source: Sportando
Jun 25 - 9:39 AM

Orlando GM Rob Hennigan defended the Magic's trade for Serge Ibaka.

"We feel like we have a roster that is really well-balanced now, and it was important for us to balance it in a way that addressed a very glaring need and a very important need in today’s NBA," Hennigan said. "Serge’s ability to protect the basket, his ability to defend in a very versatile way, we feel, is really going to help fortify a major weakness for us." The Magic gave up a lot to acquire Ibaka and the 27-year-old big man can walk in free agency next summer, so re-signing him will likely be their top priority. Ibaka could be a nice fit next to Nikola Vucevic, but this trade could hurt Aaron Gordon's value.
Jun 24 - 9:42 AM

Serge Ibaka has been traded to the Magic for a package that includes Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and No. 11 pick Domantas Sabonis.

OKC gets a major haul of talent in exchange for Ibaka, whom they were shopping lately, and Oladipo represents a big upgrade at the SG spot for OKC. A potential starting backcourt of Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo would be frightening for opposing guards, and the addition of Ilyasova and Sabonis helps beef up OKC's frontcourt depth. Ibaka's numbers have tailed off in recent seasons for the Thunder, but he should see an uptick in usage and fantasy value as a starter for the Magic. It remains to be seen how his arrival will impact Aaron Gordon's playing time, but it's hard to imagine Gordon not taking a hit.

The Thunder are reportedly shopping Serge Ibaka.

It's unclear exactly what OKC wants in return for Ibaka, but this report does make sense, as Ibaka's numbers have seen a steady decline over the past few years. Ibaka is still an elite rim protector, but drifting away from the hoop has aversely affected his production. For what it's worth, Sam Presti said that Ibaka was "absolutely" still a part of OKC's core, so it'll likely take a substantial offer to move him.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 3:28 PM

Serge Ibaka said that he isn't focused on his contract status going into the offseason.

"I'm not thinking, and I'm not talking about this," Ibaka said. "I'm still a Thunder. I'm going to wear the Thunder jersey next year, too, so there's nothing to talk about right now, because it's not important." He's entering the final year of his contract after a couple of disappointing seasons, but he did come alive during the playoffs and proved that he's still vital to the team. Thunder GM Sam Presti also said that Ibaka is "absolutely" still a part of the team's core, so re-signing him next summer will likely be a priority.
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 11 - 9:48 AM

Serge Ibaka said that he'll devote this offseason to becoming a better stretch four.

"I have to be a stretch four," said Ibaka. "No more fake four, because that’s the way the team wants me to be." Ibaka also stated that this past season was one of the "toughest" of his career from a mental standpoint, as he had to embrace a lesser role on offense while trying to figure out how to be effective while drifting towards the perimeter. Ibaka averaged 12.5 points, 6.7 boards, 0.9 triples and 1.8 blocks this past season, which was only good enough for top-50 value in 9-cat leagues.
Jun 1 - 1:31 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 16 points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 43 minutes against the Warriors on Monday.

After an underwhelming regular season, Ibaka turned in a very nice series against the Warriors. In his last five games of this series, he played 36.8 minutes per game with averages of 14.6 points, 7.2 boards, 1.6 blocks, 0.4 steals and 1.8 treys. The emergence of Steven Adams could help Ibaka focus more on offense this summer after his scoring average dropped 1.7 points per game this season compared to last season.
May 30 - 11:41 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 13 points with eight rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

The Ibaka at the five lineups were not nearly as successful tonight as they were in Game 3 and 4. Ibaka still was outstanding on both ends with a couple clutch treys in the fourth to keep the Thunder in the game. Thanks to his ability to defend the perimeter, he's all set for big minutes in Game 6 regardless of how coach Billy Donovan tweaks his rotation.
May 26 - 11:42 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 17 points in Tuesday's win over the Warriors, shooting 7-of-11 from the field.

Steven Adams was playing through a tweaked ankle and Enes Kanter wasn't producing, so Ibaka had to step up tonight and he didn't disappoint. This was his second strong performance in a row and he added seven rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer, outplaying all of Golden State's bigs in the process. After losing minutes to Kanter in the series against San Antonio, Ibaka has played 30 or more minutes in all four games in the Western Conference Finals.
May 25 - 12:10 AM

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All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Elfrid Payton
2D.J. Augustin
3C.J. Watson
4Nick Johnson
SG1Evan Fournier
2Jodie Meeks
3C.J. Wilcox
4Kevin Murphy
SF1Aaron Gordon
2Mario Hezonja
3Aaron Bowen
4Damjan Rudez
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Jeff Green
3Branden Dawson
4Arinze Onuaku
C1Nikola Vucevic
2Bismack Biyombo
3Stephen Zimmerman