5 teams who must make a run at Serge Ibaka in free agency

Toronto Raptors, Serge Ibaka, Rockets
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The Toronto Raptors have some key players heading to free agency in the offseason. Fred VanVleet will be a priority for the Raptors in free agency, but there is another rotation player on the market — Serge Ibaka.

Ibaka is coming off of one of the best seasons of his career. He averaged 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 51.2% from the field. Ibaka has ventured his game out to the three-point line, which makes him even more valuable. He is not the defender that he used to be, but he is still above average and a strong presence down low.

This will come down to what the Raptors want to pay. Ibaka wants to stay in Toronto, but they might not be willing to give him the payday that he wants.

Ibaka will turn 31 years old later in the year and at the forward position, age will not help his case. He picked a good time to have the best season of his career, so Ibaka could be in for a payday somewhere.

While we keep an eye on big splash trades that could be happening, it is important to have the other eye on free agency. Here are five destinations for Toronto’s big man.