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NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets Interested In Serge Ibaka Contract; James Harden, Nene Welcome Raptors Star

( [email protected] ) Mar 23, 2017 10:16 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets are steadily gaining steam into the NBA playoffs with James Harden impressing even fellow MVP candidates LeBron James and Stephen Curry. However, fans of The Beard believe that the team needs a stronger support system for their main man. Among the potential free agents going into the market soon, a Serge Ibaka contract to the Eric Gordon squad seems to be the most appealing.
NBA rumors point to a potential Serge Ibaka contract to the Houston Rockets in free agency. Augustas Didžgalvis / Wikimedia Commons

The Houston Rockets are steadily gaining steam into the NBA playoffs with James Harden impressing even fellow MVP candidates LeBron James and Stephen Curry. However, fans of The Beard believe that the team needs a stronger support system for their main man. Among the potential free agents going into the market soon, a Serge Ibaka contract to the Eric Gordon squad seems to be the most appealing.

The Toronto Raptors star has been the subject of media scrutiny following his scuffle against Chicago Bulls player Robin Lopez. The incident, which saw both basketball stars throwing punches at each other, had them suspended and fined for one game. While many frowned upon the behavior of Serge Ibaka in this incident, others feel that there might be a silver lining after all.

Rumors are rife that the aggressiveness displayed by Serge Ibaka in the fight against the Chicago Bulls star made him an attractive potential addition to teams looking for a strong voice in their roster. Since then, speculation arose that the Los Angeles Lakers are considering offering him a contract to serve as a fierce leader for D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. However, the Toronto Raptors star appears to be more inclined towards the Houston Rockets for a chance to work with MVP candidate James Harden.

The move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Toronto Raptors seems to be the wrong move for Serge Ibaka, according to his fans. The kind of play and dynamic from Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan appear to be vastly different from the ones he got used to under the leadership of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. More importantly, rumors are arising that the big man sees the similarity more with the way James Harden leads the Houston Rockets.

"I'm a hooper," shared James Harden over the controversial rest issue sparked by Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. "I just want to hoop. I'll rest when I'm done. I feel like my teammates and organization need me to go out there and do what I do. I get obviously paid for it, but it's something I love. I enjoy the grind. I enjoy how hard it is. I think that makes you tougher. That makes you who you are."

No official comment has been given by the parties tagged in this NBA rumor yet. However, fans of Serge Ibaka believe that a move to the Houston Rockets might be the best for their idol. What do you think?

Tags : NBA rumors, Houston Rockets, Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder