Serge Ibaka Says He Didn't Remove Raptors Info from Instagram Bio Despite Rumors

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorOctober 16, 2020

Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka (9) grabs a rebound against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball conference semifinal playoff game Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka, an impending unrestricted free agent, shot down rumors Friday that he removed Raps-related information in his Instagram bio:

Serge Ibaka @sergeibaka

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

Ibaka's bio quotes Proverbs 10:22.

The 31-year-old averaged 15.4 points on 51.2 percent shooting and 8.2 rebounds last season for the Raps, who lost to the Boston Celtics in a hard-fought seven-game Eastern Conference Finals series. Toronto finished 53-19 last season, good for second in the East's regular-season standings.

Ibaka played an integral role on the 2018-19 NBA champion Raptors, averaging 9.4 points and 6.0 boards off the bench in the playoffs.    

Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri told reporters in September that re-signing Ibaka and fellow big man Marc Gasol are priorities, in addition to guard Fred VanVleet:

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

Ujiri: "Fred is a priority, a big-time priority" He also said the bigs (Ibaka and Gasol) are a priority. Earlier he acknowledged the challenge of balancing bringing those guys back with maintaining long-term flexibility (even mentioned the important summer of 2021).

The only Raptor currently signed after 2021-22 is Pascal Siakam, who inked a four-year, $130 million contract extension last October.   

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