The 31-year-old Ibaka took to his Twitter page to address the speculators.
I know the NBA and free agency news are slow right now but there is no need to make up news lol. I’ve had the same IG bio for years and did not change anything now. Be well everyone! #wethenorth
— Serge Ibaka (@sergeibaka) October 16, 2020
It came under speculation that the Republic of Congo native may be on the move from the Raptors after the often-used tactic by most players of removing current team info from their social media accounts as the offseason approaches. One online user discovered initially that Ibaka’s Raptor info had gone missing from his Instagram bio.
Serge Ibaka removed everything Raptors related from his bio 👀 pic.twitter.com/LDxW2t9jsj
— Rob // sad rockets/texans/astros fan (@Hou5ton4L) October 14, 2020
According to Ibaka however, nothing in his bio has changed in light off free agency. Whether he’s simply saving face or not before free agency officially begins remains to be seen. Obviously, Ibaka is aware that his time in Toronto may have come to an end. Raptors president Masai Ujiri and co. have a lot of challenging decisions facing them in the upcoming offseason, which may conclude with Ibaka being left out of their plans moving forward.
Ibaka has spent the last four seasons with the Raptors, providing valuable minutes at the center position alongside or behind Marc Gasol. Though the big man isn’t getting any younger, his averages would tell a different story. He posted career highs with the Raptors this year, averaging 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
Ibaka and Toronto found much success, and were seen as favorites to appear in the NBA Finals once more before being eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Ibaka’s role was slowly diminished in that series, leaving impressions on may pundits that the Raptors may have gotten the most they can from the big.