Ibaka was a key member of the Raptors' championship-winning team in 2019, selflessly accepting a role coming off the bench after the team acquired Marc Gasol.
Ibaka will help to ease the reported loss of Clippers big Montrezl Harrell, the reigning Kia NBA Sixth Man, who is expected to sign with the crosstown rival Lakers. Earlier Saturday, Toronto agreed to terms with guard Fred VanVleet to a four-year, US$85-million deal. The Brooklyn Nets, who were one of the teams competing for Ibaka's services, only had a smaller version of the same exception to offer, known as the taxpayer MLE (worth $5.7 million). Ibaka averaged 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last season with the Raptors, shooting 38.5 percent from 3-point range.
Perhaps having had the most succesful season of his career in 2019-20, Ibaka was at his best anchoring second units for the Raptors while occasionally starting. He became more efficient in fewer minutes during the 2020 postseason, averaging 14.8 points and 7.7 rebounds while knocking 3s at a clip of 51.1%.