NBA: Serge Ibaka will play an additional season alongside Giannis Antetonkoumpo

Transferred during the last trade deadline to Milwaukee, the former Clipper played 19 games with the Bucks for a significant performance: 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 18 minutes. On the other hand, the native of Brazzaville completely disappeared from the rotations of the team during the playoff campaign with only 22 minutes spent on the floor. Since his back operation in 2021, Serge Ibaka has struggled to regain his defensive level which made him one of the best hoop protectors in the league.

Able to evolve his game, especially thanks to his shot in the perimeter or behind the arc, Ibaka remains a player who can have a huge impact on a franchise. This season, he was shooting at 37.4% long distance success. If the terms of his contract in Wisconsin are not yet known, the deal should be at least veteran, namely nearly three million dollars per season for a player with more than 10 years experience in the NBA.

After Bobby Portis, Jevon Carter and Wesley Matthews, Ibaka is the fourth free agent player retained by the Bucks front office this summer. With the additions of Joe Ingles from Portland and rookie MarJon Beauchamp, the manager of this team seems to trust last year’s squad to help Giannis Antetonkoumpo go for another NBA title.

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