TORONTO, ON – JANUARY 22: Serge Ibaka, # 9 of the Toronto Raptors reacts after scoring a basket in the second half of their NBA game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on January 22 2020 in Toronto, Canada NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photograph, user consents to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images license agreement (Photo by Cole Burston / Getty Images)

Let the wild and unfounded NBA rumors begin! We reached 6 p.m. EST on Friday, which marked the start of free agency, and while many expected the Brooklyn Nets to take a big step in the very first second, it didn’t.

Brooklyn made a big change in roster on draft night when Landry Shamet acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for No 19 picks in total, so they will now play the waiting game with Joe Harris and a number of other potential veterans who could sign up despite the team’s budget cuts

For weeks now one of these guys has been said to be Toronto Raptors free agent Serge Ibaka However, while he is good friends with Kevin Durant, Ibaka is set to take an unthinkable handover due to the Nets’ ceiling situation. The move seems unlikely

KD’s brother Tony commented on an Instagram post about Ibaka’s free agency The caption read: “Where is Serge going?” based on the big man’s social media post Tony replied: “Brooklyn”

Woah! We don’t know the exact dollar figure Ibaka would have to surrender to join the Star Nets and immediately compete for a title, but with KD, Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Taurean Price and DeAndre Jordan all make 10 million. dollars or more (or A LOT more), it won’t be veteran friendly

And according to real NBA insiders, the Raptors are still one of the top contenders, putting almost every other team at a disadvantage

Ibaka, 31, was a key figure in the Raptors title race two seasons ago, and his 7-foot, 235-pound frame would make a colossal difference for the Nets, but this is his last chance. to get a lucrative contract It’s hard to imagine giving that up just to have a better chance of winning another title

Again, who knows He has already made nearly $ 100 million for his career. Maybe taking a pay cut in exchange for exposure in the big city could open up other opportunities for him

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