NBA Rumors: Scott Brooks Wants Serge Ibaka In Washington
Serge Ibaka, the Oklahoma City Thunder power forward, could be traded to Washington this summer, if new Wizards coach Scott Brooks can have his way, according to a league source.Advertisement
Under Brooks, Ibaka became the most feared shot-blocker in the league for several seasons and helped Thunder reach the 2012-13 NBA Finals. However, in recent years, his overall production and effectiveness on the defensive end has steadily deteriorated.
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According to a report on Sporting News, Brooks will try to trade for Ibaka this offseason. “Brooks likely will go for other players he had when he coached the Thunder, including when they went to the 2012 Finals and lost to Miami. Serge Ibaka, who is signed through next season and makes $12.25 million, is an obvious target since Washington needs quality big men,” writes Mitch Lawrence.
Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Therefore, it would make sense for Thunder to explore all trade options and perhaps secure a few young assets. With the emergence of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter, Ibaka is no longer the most vital cog in Thunder’s front court.
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According to Lawrence, Thunder could be persuaded with the right offer. “The Thunder have no plans to part with Ibaka, but never say never. Nick Collison is another veteran Brooks likes and has coached, as far back as when the Thunder was based in Seattle. He has a year to go on his contract at $3.8 million.”
Boston is another option…
Earlier this month, Chat Sports explored the possibility of Ibaka in Boston. “With several draft picks and a young roster, the Boston Celtics would be an obvious fit for Ibaka. Boston, as previously discussed, has a weak front line and could really use a player of Ibaka’s caliber at the power forward position. Again, dumping Jerebko or even Amir Johnson’s $12 million salary could be possible if the Celtics are willing to give up a draft pick high enough for Oklahoma City to justify the move,” wrote reporter Ryan Davis.
During his seven seasons with OKC, Serge Ibaka led the team with 2.5 blocks per game including a career-high 3.7 blocks in 2011-12 which nearly won him Defensive Player of the Year honors.