Ibaka re-signs with Raptors for three

The Toronto Raptors traded for Serge Ibaka at the deadline last season in an effort to try and sign him long-term, and now they’ve done just that.Ibaka’s previous contract signed in 2013 was a four-year deal worth only $49 million.The immediate reaction to this news is that it feels like a Kyle Lowry agreement is on the way.Teague agreed to a 3-year, $55 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves at the start of free agency.The 27-year-old Ibaka averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23 games for the Raptors, including 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 10 playoff games.Ibaka is a great fit for the Toronto Raptors, as he offers flawless defense at one end, while at the same time not being totally useless offensively.It’s good that Ibaka responded to these claims, even though he himself recognized that not everyone will see it.With Ibaka now on board for the next three years, the Raptors will have 48 minutes of solid interior defence which can make up for Jonas Valanciunas’ deficiencies. Plus, the market hasn’t exactly unfolded in Lowry’s favour and a return to the Raptors seems inevitable at this point. The new deal for Serge will average out to be over $21.5 million per season. At the end of the season, he said his daughter liked Toronto though and he is close with his former Oklahoma City assistant coach Rex Kalamian, who remains on Dwane Casey’s staff. Ibaka will want touches as that is the main reason he left the Thunder in the first place, but he is the sort of player who can help the development of other players, since he’s not a high usage guy.