Serge Ibaka and Matt Barnes
Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) blocks the shot by Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) in the first quarter of game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder Serge Ibaka proved to be crucial on Tuesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. Could he be just what the Boston Celtics are looking for?

Rumours are circulating and speculations are running rampant since OKC’s game against Warriors. Thunder’s Ibaka wasn’t directly under the spotlight what with dynamic duos Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading OKC to victory in Game 1 with a score of 108-102. The game was fiery excitement for the players and the crowd with Thunder playing so aggressively that the Warriors’ delicate and well-coordinated play broke down at the second half.

Ibaka did well in that game, finishing with 11 points including a three-pointer, 11 rebounds, one assist and a shot well blocked as SuperSport reports. His backstage efforts caused a spark of rumours among NBA fans and analysts about what could happen following the results of the NBA Draft Lottery.

Ibaka only has one more season remaining on his contract with OKC. In response, his current team might let go of him if the right deal is offered in favour of acquiring younger assets. Inquisitr reports that Ryan Davis wrote on Cheat Sheet that Ibaka could very well be the perfect fit for the Boston Celtics because of the team’s lack of a strong front line.

“With several draft picks and a young roster, the Boston Celtics would be an obvious fit for Ibaka,” Davis wrote. “Boston, as previously discussed, has a weak front line and could really use a player of Ibaka’s calibre at the power forward position.”

If the Boston Celtics does get Ibaka, he would compete with Isaiah Thomas as the leader and face of the team with his experience with OKC and his hidden potential.

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