Serge Ibaka says Raptors have ‘unfinished business to take care of’
When the Raptors traded for forwards Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker last season, their fanbase hoped that this would help the team against LeBron James and the Cavaliers. However, even with these players, the Raptors were swept in the second round by their old tormentors.
After that came the offseason, and the Raptors needed to make a decision on these two players — both unrestricted free agents. While they let Tucker walk, Ibaka was quickly signed to three-year, $65 million deal. During his presentation, the defensive-minded big man had a powerful statement when reintroduced as a Raptor.
"We've got unfinished business to take care of," – Serge on being reintroduced to the Raptors.
— Payal Doshi (@PayalDoshiTV) July 7, 2017
Ibaka is most probably talking about a possible meeting with the Cavaliers in the playoffs next season. However, that business might stay unfinished. The Raptors have not strengthened their roster in the slightest bit, even losing Tucker and forward Patrick Patterson in free agency. While a full season with Ibaka and the rest of the roster might help with chemistry, that probably won’t be enough to beat the Cavs.
Ibaka averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds along with 1.4 blocks per game as a Raptor last season. In the playoffs, his numbers pretty much stayed the same at 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game.