Other offers on Ibaka — the ones I had heard about, at least — were shockingly weak. Impending free agency cooled market.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 14, 2017
As I said this morning, I’m pretty okay with it. I wrote last week as to why I would have been willing to part with assets in an Ibaka trade. As I outlined, also in that piece, Ibaka has declined significantly from the production upon which his reputation was originally built. Still, I would have done it, if for no other reason than that his outside shooting would have lifted the theoretical ceiling on this team. But I get why the asking price might have been too rich for Daryl Morey’s liking, particularly for a rental. Because for the Rockets, unlike the case with the Raptors, this move almost definitely would have been a rental.
I still do strongly expect Morey to make a move ahead of the deadline. However, Ibaka was the last big name in play.