Raptors news: Serge Ibaka playing in Europe, Scottie Barnes hyped up

Serge Ibaka - Toronto Raptors (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Serge Ibaka - Toronto Raptors (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

There are increasingly fewer players from the 2019 Toronto Raptors that are still in the NBA, as Father Time is starting to take their effectiveness. After a lackluster season with the Milwaukee Bucks, Serge Ibaka decided that going over to Europe was better than signing another cheap contract in the NBA as a backup,

According to journalist Marc Mundat, Ibaka is signing a one-year contract with Bayern Munich. This team is regarded as one of the best clubs in German basketball, so Ibaka will likely have a chance to compete for some silverware. Former Raptors guard Isaac Bonga suited up for Bayern recently,

Unless a miracle happens and Ibaka entirely pounds European competition into submission, there is a good chance that fans have seen the last of him in the NBA. However, Ibaka might be willing to come back to North America if he finds a chance to compete for another championship as a backup.

More Raptors news

  • Ibaka is not the only 2019 Raptors champion who agreed to sign a new contract, as Jeremy Lin has once again found work with a promising team in Asia. Lin, fresh off stints with the Guangzhou Loong Lions and Kaohsiung 17LIVE Steelers, agreed to a contract with the New Taipei Kings.
  • David Aldridge believes that Scottie Barnes is the Atlantic Division player who will take the biggest leap forward in his preview of the division. He was not as optimistic regarding the Dennis Schroder signing, as he thinks the Boston Celtics bringing in Kristaps Porzingis via trade will have the most significant impact of any offseason acquisition.

NBA news

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo continued to tease the possibility of him leaving the Milwaukee Bucks in the future. During a recent podcast appearance, Giannis said once again that he would consider bolting the only NBA home he has ever known if he sees a team that will give him a better chance at a championship.
  • Adam Silver spoke out against the trade requests sagas surrounding Damian Lillard and James Harden. “Don’t like them,” Silver said. “As a league, I want players and teams to both honor their contracts. I’m watching everything going on in Portland in Philadelphia and hoping they get resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.”

The Raptors are seeing more of their champions leave North American basketball, sadly.