Serge Ibaka will exercise his $9.7 million player option with the LA Clippers for 2021-22. After spending three-and-a-half seasons with the Toronto Raptors, and winning the 2019 NBA title, Ibaka joined the Clippers last season.
In 41 games (39 starts), Ibaka averaged 11.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. The soon-to-be 32-year-old was seen as the perfect veteran floor-spacing, rim-protecting option for LA.
In mid-March, Ibaka suffered a back injury. He then missed the vast majority of the remainder of the regular season. Ibaka returned to play in LA's final two regular season games and the Clippers first two playoff games. He reaggravated the injury early in Game 2 of the first round series against the Dallas Mavericks and missed the rest of the post season.