OKLAHOMA CITY – It was news that broke the hearts of many Oklahoma City Thunder fans.
In exchange for the starter, the Thunder received Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis.
Ibaka had one year left on his contract and was set to be paid over $12 million next year by Oklahoma City.
“I want to acknowledge Serge for his contributions to the ongoing legacy of the Thunder. He has been integral to our success and growth, has been a great community member and we wish him only the best,” Thunder GM Sam Presti said.
While many experts say it was a good trade for the Thunder, the move sent shock waves through the team’s fan base.
On Friday, Ibaka broke his silence about the trade with a sweet message to Oklahoma City and its fans.
“Time flies. 7 years in Oklahoma City, a place where I grew up, became the player I am today, competed with a great team and made great friends. A place I can call home. Thank you state of Oklahoma and your wonderful people. Thank you @okcthunder, staff, employees, teammates and fans. You will be in my heart forever,” Ibaka wrote on Facebook.
Ibaka was drafted in the first round by the Thunder in 2008 and played seven of his NBA seasons in OKC.
Good luck in Orlando, Serge!