Ibaka at the Clippers, Thompson and Teague in Boston

Aurélien CANOT, published on Sunday November 22, 2020 at 08:46 a.m.

The Clippers made the big blow of the night in the NBA transfer market by signing the Spanish international interior of Toronto Serge Ibaka.

The Clippers have not lost on the exchange. Still marked by the departure of Montrelz Harrell to the Lakers, the other franchise in Los Angeles was quickly consoled by succeeding one of the big shots of the night on the NBA transfer market, not to say THE big blow since the start of this Mercato of the North American league. To compensate for Harrell’s departure to their neighbor and sworn enemy, the Clippers have thus obtained the reinforcement of Serge Ibaka (31 years old), one of the best inside in the Great League, and perhaps the best in the defensive register. The Spain Toronto international is leaving the Raptors for the City of Angels in a two-year, $ 19 million deal. He will find his former teammate in Canada Kawhi Leonard, who left for LA after allowing the Raptors to be crowned champions for the first time in their history. A title to which Ibaka had also greatly contributed. With the arrival of the pivot also possessing Congolese nationality, the Clippers overthrown by Denver in the Orlando bubble in the Conference semifinals while they were leading 3-1 in the series against the Nuggets, offered themselves at the same time a long-distance shoot specialist, Ibaka has forged over the years a serious reputation as a three-point trigger.

Boston bets on Teague and Thompson

Boston did not take long to react either, after the departure of Gordon Hayward in Charlotte. For a contract of $ 19 million over two years there too, the Celtics have secured the services of Tristan Thompson, crowned champion with Cleveland in 2016 and who had only known the Cavs in his career until now. Jeff Teague will also evolve in the C’s from next season. Lining Trae Young in Atlanta, the 32-year-old leader will this time complement Kemba Walker. Another highlight of the night: Avery Bradley leaves the Lakers for Miami. Absent in this Orlando bubble that crowned the Lakers last month, the full-back was convinced by Pat Riley and Jimmy Butler to sign up for the Heat’s new project, which he joined for $ 11.6 million on two years. Bradley will thus know his sixth franchise.

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