Ibaka, Thunder Agree To Four-Year Extension

August 18 2012 at 4:38pm CDT By Ryan Raroque

5:38pm: HoopsHype reports that Ibaka's deal is actually guaranteed for $49MM and could pay him as much as $51.5MM based on unspecified individual and team incentives.

11:59am: The Thunder have officially announced Ibaka's extension.

6:38am: Ibaka's deal is worth $48MM over four years, a league source tells Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter).

2:24am: Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Serge Ibaka has agreed to a four-year deal worth at least $40MM to remain with the Thunder. The three-year veteran averaged 9.1 PPG, 7.5 RPG, and a remarkable 3.7 BPG in 27.2 MPG as Oklahoma City's starting power forward last season. Although Ibaka's rebounding and block averages dipped a bit during this year's playoffs (5.8 RPG/3.0 BPG), it would be somewhat challenging to question the Thunder's decision to ensure an extension for a 22-year-old core player with premier defensive abilities and NBA Finals experience rather than let him test the free agent market after the 2012-13 season.

Wojnarowski adds that with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook playing on maximum contracts (along with $27MM due to Kendrick Perkins over the next three years), Oklahoma City faces a difficult decision with James Harden, who could possibly garner a maximum contract offer next summer as a restricted free agent. 

Hoops Rumors' Chuck Myron examined Ibaka's value as an extension candidate earlier this month. 

6 thoughts on “Ibaka, Thunder Agree To Four-Year Extension

      1. Why? Why not give reasons before just saying oh he wouldn’t go there. If he wanted to become more so the man and not continue to role play in OKC I could see it honestly happen the Magic would have a good solid core and capspace to entice him which not a whole lot of other teams would have other then the Suns which someone mentioned.

        1. If you are complaining about Ben not giving evidence, then you should probably defend your “good solid core” comment. I literally do not see a single bright spot on the Magic roster at this point. Name one player who has long term value on their roster.

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