‘I am one of yours forever,’ departing Serge Ibaka tells Toronto Raptors fans

Toronto Raptors centre Serge Ibaka (9) speaks with head coach Nick Nurse during a game against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP

TORONTO — He may be leaving Toronto, but Serge Ibaka says he’ll always be a Raptor.

The 31-year-old took to social media Sunday to dole out thanks for his time with the team, saying “the love I have received on this journey I will never forget.”

Ibaka says he had great teammates and staff with the Raptors, and “a fan base that is second to none.”

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His message comes amid multiple reports that Ibaka, a free agent, has signed a two-year, US$19-million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The seven-foot forward came to Toronto in a trade with the Orlando Magic in 2017, and played a crucial role in helping the squad win its 2019 championship title.

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Ibaka averaged 15.4 points per game and 8.2 rebounds a game with the Raptors last season.

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