The Los Angeles Clippers will be without Serge Ibaka for the rest of the postseason.
The Clippers announced on Friday that Ibaka underwent back surgery. Ibaka shared a photo on social media of himself at the hospital. He also included a message where he expressed disappointment about being unable to help the team on the court.
Ibaka last played on March 14. He recently traveled to Dallas for Game 6 of the Clippers’ series against the Mavs but did not play. He did not travel to Utah for Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.
It’s no surprise that Ibaka is undergoing surgery for his back, as he did not seem close to a return.
Ibaka has a $9.7 million option for next season. Coming off back surgery, the 31-year-old might be inclined to exercise his option. He averaged 11.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this season.