Kings’ buyout target #2: Serge Ibaka
It’s not exactly an ideal pickup, but what do the Kings have to lose at this point?
Alex Len can’t sniff the court. How much worse can Ibaka be? I know he’s 33 years old and coming off of multiple surgeries, but he still shoots the ball at a decent rate. The problem will be convincing teams he can still defend.
After telling the Milwaukee Bucks front office he’d like to play somewhere else, Serge Ibaka was traded to Indiana at the deadline. He was then waived so is now free to join any team he’d like to. He’s expected to have multiple suitors.
Ibaka hasn’t appeared in a game since the first day of January as he’s had a tough time competing for minutes with Bobby Portis and Brook Lopez on the roster. His best game came earlier this season against the Spurs where he dropped 11 points and 9 rebounds, arguably the best game he’s had in the last 3 years.
The 14-year veteran is nowhere near his old self, and no one is expecting him to be. He’s only appeared in 35 games in the last two seasons with the Bucks, so one could assume he’s probably fresh and ready to play. Or, the ladder could be true and he’s just too old and nearing “washed-up” territory.
He’s still a good three-point shooter and could help stretch the floor on offense if utilized correctly. This will be a slim buyout market in terms of centers, so Ibaka would be a nice pickup for any team looking for frontcourt depth. I personally think this is an upgrade over Len even if Ibaka is not the same guy that he was in Oklahoma City and Toronto.