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Bucks re-signing Serge Ibaka

Bucks big Serge Ibaka

BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Serge Ibaka #25 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the ball during Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics on May 1, 2022 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Bucks increased their luxury-tax bill by acquiring Serge Ibaka at the last trade deadline.

All for someone who didn’t crack Milwaukee’s playoff rotation.

Despite that disappointment, Ibaka will return to the Bucks.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Maybe Ibaka will be healthier next season. But, as he recovers from back problems, he’s also fighting the against the aging curve. Ibaka is set to turn 33 before the season.

He still theoretically could help Milwaukee as a rim protector and 3-point shooter, fitting right into the Bucks’ desire to surround Giannis Antetokounmpo with defense and spacing. Ibaka could be a more-mobile, less-stout alternative to Brook Lopez.

Assuming this is a minimum contract, Ibaka could be worth a roster spot. Milwaukee should best know his health situation.