NBA star and ex-champion who has made $141M in career earnings makes shock move away from league to sign for new team

SERGE Ibaka has reportedly joined Bayern Munich, leaving the NBA after 14 years.

The 6-foot-11 power forward is another ex-NBA player signed by the German side this year.

Ex-Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors star Serge Ibaka (right) has reportedly signed with Bayern Munich

Ex-Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors star Serge Ibaka (right) has reportedly signed with Bayern MunichCredit: Getty

Ibaka won the 2019 NBA Finals with the Raptors

Ibaka won the 2019 NBA Finals with the RaptorsCredit: Getty
Ibaka, 33, is said to have inked a one-year deal with Bayern, per Spanish reporter Marc Mundet.

The Spanish-Congolese big man will play for the Bundesliga and EuroLeague team alongside ex-Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards guard Isaac Bonga.

Bayern has brought in former Boston Celtics playmaker Carsen Edwards and 2020 first-round NBA pick Leandro Bolmaro this offseason.

Bayern reached the Bundesliga semifinals last year before losing to Ratiopharm Ulm in three games.

In the EuroLeague, they finished with an 11-23 record and failed to qualify for the postseason.

Ibaka is another big name to have swapped the NBA for European hoops this summer.

In July, French champions AS Monaco announced the signing of four-time All-Star Kemba Walker.

Meanwhile, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother, Kostas – who won the championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020 – has gone to Panathinaikos.

And Kendrick Nunn could reportedly soon follow him and move to Greece to join Olympiakos.

Ibaka, who earned $141.3million in the NBA, is the most decorated player of them all, though.

Drafted with the No. 24 pick in 2008, the big man played for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook- James Harden era.

In seven seasons with the Thunder, he reached the 2012 NBA Finals in addition to making three other Western Conference Finals appearences.

Ibaka was the anchor of Oklahoma City’s defense, earning three All-Defensive first-team honors and claiming the blocks leader title twice.

In 2019, he won his first and only NBA championship while with the Toronto Raptors.

In 919 regular-season games, Ibaka averaged 12.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks.

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