Ibaka will not play for the Spanish national team during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Kurt Helin of NBCSports reports. While a specific reason wasn't given, Ibaka is likely trying to focus on getting acclimated to his new team after being traded to the Magic in exchange for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis during the 2016 NBA draft earlier this week. While overshadowed in Oklahoma City due to the presence of stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Ibaka won't have that problem in Orlando and he's expected to see a vastly increased role. The 27-year-old could play some power forward and center during the upcoming season, meaning he'll play alongside both Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic at times.
Ibaka was traded to the Magic on Thursday in exchange for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights to No. 11 overall pick Domantas Sabonis, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. The Thunder announced prior to Thursday's draft that Ibaka was on the trade block, and they wasted no time in finding a suitor for the shot-blocking power forward. While Ibaka should give the Magic another springy big man to pair in the frontcourt with the uber-athletic Aaron Gordon and low-post scoring threat Nikola Vucevic, it's a steep price to pay, with both Oladipo and Sabonis representing intriguing assets as the Thunder potentially prepare for a post-Kevin Durant world. Ibaka has seen his points, rebounds and blocks per game fall in each of the last three seasons, but that may have partially been a byproduct of Durant and Russell Westbrook having oversized roles in the Thunder attack. With no true star players surrounding him on his new team, Ibaka could reverse the three-year statistical trend and become a greater focal point on both ends of the floor. He'll turn just 27 years old in September, so Ibaka is far from over the hill at this stage of his career.
Ibaka posted 13 points (5-10 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-5 FT), nine rebounds and three blocks over 36 minutes during Saturday's 108-101 loss to the Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. The veteran forward posted double-digit scoring for the fifth time in the series, and was just a rebound shy of his second double-double versus the Warriors as well. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are dominating the shot attempts, but Ibaka has served as a very effective third wheel on offense throughout the majority of the postseason. His contributions will surely be vital in Monday's Game 7, when the 26-year-old will look to build on his series averages of 11.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 0.8 steals.
Ibaka compiled 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt), eight rebounds and three assists over 40 minutes during Thursday's 120-111 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. The veteran power forward turned in his third straight double-digit scoring performance, and drained multiple three-pointers for the second time in the series. He was strong on the boards once again as well, as he hauled in eight rebounds for the third time against the Warriors. Ibaka has generally done an efficient job in his customary third-wheel role on offense, turning in series averages of 11.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals over the first five games.
Ibaka contributed 17 points (7-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, and two blocks across 33 minutes during the Thunder's 118-94 win versus the Warriors in Tuesday's Game 4. Ibaka had his highest scoring night since Game 1 of the previous series against the Spurs, and this is just the third time in these playoffs that he has produced 17 points or more. This was also the first time since May 10 that Ibaka made at least half of his field-goal attempts, but the 26-year-old forward is doing an excellent job of spreading the floor and playing hard-nosed defense.
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