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Serge Ibaka wants to stay with Raptors when deal expires

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Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors is a fairly beloved player at this point in his career. Whether it be hosting entertaining web cooking shows with various NBA-related personalities or starting inter-team fashion feuds with his own teammates, Ibaka is living large in Toronto.

Now, according to a tweet from Matt Rodrigo (via HollywoodUnlocked), Ibaka wants to stay a member of the Raptors once his contract expires at the end of this season (which is sadly on hiatus due to the ravages of COVID-19):

Ibaka had a terrific season in 2019-20, with career-highs in points per game (16.0) and three-point shooting (39.8 percent on 3.3 attempts per game). The 30-year-old from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has also proven himself to be a winner with the Raptors after falling short earlier in his career with the Thunder.

The 11-year veteran was an important factor for the Raptors in their run to the 2019 title, as he put up 9.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game in 20.8 minutes for the Raps in 24 games en route to the team’s first title in franchise history.

After being traded to the Raptors for Terrence Ross and a first-round pick in 2017, Ibaka signed a lucrative 3-year/$64 million deal with Toronto in the 2017 offseason, which means Ibaka’s time in Toronto might be coming to a close.

Seemingly, the veteran does not want to leave the Canadian metropolis, and it seems likely that Raptors fans would like to keep him around as well – for both his talents on the court as well as his fashionable style and terrific cooking show-hosting skills.