Multiple sources have confirmed Serge Ibaka’s four-year extension with the Thunder could total $51.5 million with incentives.
Ibaka’s base salary is $49 million for the deal that begins in the 2013-14 season, with an additional $2.5 million in potential bonuses for achievements believed to include NBA Defensive Player of the Year and remaining a member of the league’s All-Defensive first team.
Ibaka finished second to New York’s Tyson Chandler for Defensive Player of the Year last season. He also was named to the All-Defensive first team after leading the league in blocked shots (3.65 per game) with 107 more than his closest competitior in a lockout-shortened 66-game season.
Ibaka’s base salary previously was reported to be $48 million for four years. The actual sum leaves even a tighter fit for the Thunder to offer rookie contract extensions to guards James Harden and Eric Maynor.
The deadline to sign a rookie extension is Oct. 31. After that, Harden and Maynor will become restricted free agents and free to be courted by other teams next summer. In order for Harden and Maynor to remain in OKC, the Thunder would have to match whatever offers are extended to the two players.