Serge Ibaka will be a free agent next summer, but if he has it his way, he’ll be staying with the Magic for “many, many years.”
The big fella says he wants to ink a long-term deal in Orlando.
Serge Ibaka today indicated he's interested in staying with the Magic beyond the 2016-17 season: https://t.co/z007Gcjwqr.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) September 26, 2016
The Magic’s front-office also have interest in locking up the 27-year-old.
Per the Orlando Sentinel:
“I’m looking to stay here to play forever — for [as] many, many years as possible,” Serge Ibaka said during the Magic’s media day.
The Magic traded Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights to rookie Domantas Sabonis to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Ibaka, a power forward who excels on defense and can stretch the floor on offense with his 3-point shooting. Many pundits said the Magic paid too high a price for Ibaka, especially since Ibaka can leave via free agency next year.
“We certainly traded for Serge thinking long-term, and that’s our expectation,” Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said.[…] Ibaka, 27, is due to earn $12.3 million during the upcoming season, and he likely will command a significant raise in free agency.