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Serge Ibaka | Center/Forward | #9

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 235
College: Republic of Congo
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (24) / OKC
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Serge Ibaka will not make his debut against the Hornets on Wednesday
He did take his physical, but there is no word of him being cleared yet. That likely means Terrence Ross could also be unavailable for the Magic. With Serge out, the Raptors are likely going to have to use Jakob Poeltl, Lucas Nogueira and Pascal Siakam will get minutes. Plus, there could be some DeMarre Carroll at the four against Marvin Williams. Feb 15 - 5:51 PM

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Serge Ibaka is hopeful that he'll be able to make his Raptors' debut Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

Both Ibaka and Terrence Ross need to clear their physicals before they can suit up for their new teams, and we're still waiting for word on that. However, both guys were healthy prior to the trade, so there's a good chance both will be in action tonight. Check back for an official update closer to tip-off.
Feb 15 - 5:07 PM

Serge Ibaka (trade) will not play Tuesday vs. the Bulls, but there's a chance he could make his Raptors' debut Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

In order for the trade to be finalized, all players involved must report to their new teams and undergo a physical. There's just not enough time for that to take place on Tuesday, but Ibaka taking the court Wednesday night isn't entirely out of the question. His value should hold steady in Toronto, but the arrival of Ibaka could hurt Lucas Nogueira and Jonas Valanciunas may have a tougher time hitting the 30-minute mark. Norman Powell may be able to see more consistent minutes with Terrence Ross no longer around, though.

Serge Ibaka has officially been traded to the Raptors in exchange for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick.

So, to clear things up, the Magic essentially traded away Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Ersan Ilyasova and Ibaka for Ross and a late 2017 first-rounder; so, not the best return on investment. Ibaka's value should be fine in Toronto, but there's a chance he could take away some minutes from Lucas Nogueira. As for Ross, he should get some solid run in Orlando for a team desperate for offense, but inconsistency will likely confine him to deep league status. Hopefully, the departure of Ibaka will open up some more minutes for Aaron Gordon at PF, but Frank Vogel has been tough to predict this season.

Orlando has agreed to trade Serge Ibaka to Toronto for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wow. On the same day Cleveland loses Kevin Love for six weeks due to knee surgery, the Raptors add one of the more versatile and talented bigs in the conference. This move fills a major need for Toronto, as they have been shuffling different power forwards in and out of the starting lineup all season long. Ibaka was averaging a career-high in FG attempts per game (12.6) and usage rate (21.0) in Orlando this season. Thus, his fantasy value will likely take a slight hit, as he won't see the same number of scoring opportunities playing alongside Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. However, Ibaka's FG percentage and rebound rate will likely increase in Toronto.
Feb 14 - 11:12 AM

Serge Ibaka played only 28 minutes on Monday, but he made 7-of-9 shots to finish with 17 points, eight rebounds, one steal and one block in a win vs. Miami.

Ibaka hit one 3-pointer and it's a solid return for fantasy owners, despite the relatively low playing time. He's prone to dips in minutes but usually bounces back quickly, and should play 30+ vs. LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs on Wednesday.
Feb 13 - 10:19 PM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, there's a "growing sense around the league" ‎that Serge Ibaka could be on the move before the Feb. 23 deadline.

It feels like there is a new Ibaka rumor every day, but that's what happens to talented impending free agents on struggling teams. The Magic may not be confident about their ability to re-sign Ibaka this summer and they may be wary about what kind of contract he could command, but it would be devastating for the franchise if he walked this summer without the Magic getting anything back in return. Rival teams are expecting the Magic to keep fielding offers up until the deadline, and Stein adds that Miami and Toronto are two of the teams that have expressed an interest this month.
Source: ESPN
Feb 13 - 9:25 AM

The Heat are interested in trading for Serge Ibaka, according to a report in the Miami Herald.

Per the Herald: "It’s unclear whether the Heat has assets that the Magic wants, or how aggressively Miami will pursue this, but Ibaka intrigues the Heat." Expect the Ibaka rumors to pick up steam over the next two weeks, as Orlando would risk losing him for nothing as a free agent in July if they do not move him prior to the February 23rd trade deadline. This is the first mention of Miami being in the mix, but we know to never count out Pat Riley.
Feb 10 - 11:13 AM

Serge Ibaka scored 16 points with three rebounds, one assist, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

The NBA might have to take a look at an incident with Ibaka and Nerlens Noel. Ibaka did extend his arm with a closed fist to Nerlens' lower neck, but Ibaka was only assessed one technical foul. Noel also wasn't happy about it after the game. "I don't play that," Noel said about Ibaka's actions. Ibaka's owners can expect him to be out there for Saturday against the Mavs.
Feb 9 - 9:55 PM

According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN, the Rockets are interested in Serge Ibaka.

The Magic are just 20-34 and Ibaka can walk as a free agent this summer, so he's reportedly on the trade block. However, acquiring Ibaka would be a risk for Houston because he could be a one-season rental and team officials are reluctant to disrupt the team's chemistry. Rockets GM Daryl Morey is one of the most aggressive GMs when it comes to trades, but he said that he doesn't expect to make a big splash this time around. "I think if we do anything, it will be for depth," Morey said. "I don't see any big things happening. We got a good thing, a good rotation, good chemistry. I'm pretty reluctant to make any changes there." James Harden also said that he "loves" the current roster, so a potential deal for Ibaka seems unlikely at this point.
Source: ESPN
Feb 9 - 9:37 AM

Serge Ibaka scored 28 points on 13-of-20 shooting in Tuesday's 128-104 loss to the Rockets.

He grabbed eight rebounds with one block and two triples, but the fact that he played 41 minutes in a blowout loss suggests that the Magic could be showcasing him for a potential trade. The Magic traded for Ibaka to give their defense a boost, but the Magic are ranked 27th in the NBA in points allowed per possession and 27th in field-goal percentage defense since Dec. 7. Ibaka is also averaging 1.6 blocks per game, his lowest since his rookie season. With Ibaka set to hit free agency this summer, the Magic are certainly going to listen to offers. "[I’ve] never been in this situation before," Ibaka said. "I know that people are criticizing — media, fans — but I’m just going to focus on [playing]."
Feb 7 - 10:43 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 20 points during a 102-94 win over the Raptors on Friday, adding 12 rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

That's his 12th 20-plus scoring game and eighth double-double on the season. Besides the points and boards, Ibaka now has two-plus blocks in each of his last three. He saw his blocks fall to just 1.1 per game in January, so this is an encouraging sign for him going forward. Expect him to flirt with early-round value in standard leagues.
Feb 3 - 10:41 PM

Serge Ibaka finished Wednesday's home defeat with 20 points (6-of-16 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and zero turnovers.

Before tonight's game, Frank Vogel criticized his team's energy in two previous losses to Indiana this season. "There’s been a lot of things that I didn’t like about those two games, starting with our effort," he said. Ibaka brought the energy tonight but his shot was off and he didn't get much from his teammates. Orlando's struggling offense only mustered 88 points on 40.3 percent shooting, and the result was another tough loss.
Feb 1 - 9:50 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting on Monday vs. the Wolves.

Ibaka added 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, one steal and three triples, logging 38 minutes in the overtime loss. The forward's name popped up in a trade rumor on Friday and the Raptors, Wizards, Celtics, Pacers, Rockets, Trail Blazers and Spurs reportedly have some interest, so the Magic must not be confident about their ability to re-sign the impending free agent during the offseason. A trade isn't imminent and his value would be safe on most of these teams anyways.
Jan 30 - 11:52 PM

The Magic have reportedly begun to pick up their attempts to move Serge Ibaka by the trade deadline.

The Magic have reportedly made everyone on their roster available, but they're most interested in moving either Ibaka or Nikola Vucevic for a wing scorer in order to move Aaron Gordon back to his true position at power forward. Ibaka will almost assuredly walk as a free agent this offseason, so the Magic may want to try and get what they can now rather than lose him for nothing. Thus far, the Raptors, Wizards, Celtics, Pacers, Rockets, Trail Blazers and Spurs have all expressed interest, but to be clear, nothing is imminent at the moment.
Jan 30 - 5:41 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Cory Joseph
3Delon Wright
4Fred VanVleet
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Norman Powell
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2Pascal Siakam
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Patrick Patterson
3Jared Sullinger
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Lucas Nogueira
3Jakob Poeltl