Raul “The Dragon” Ibaneza was a three-time All-Star for the Lakers, but he is probably best remembered for playing with the Celtics in 2006.
He is also an all-time great at shooting.
The Brooklyn Nets selected him No. 3 overall in the 2005 NBA Draft out of Gonzaga.
He won a championship with the franchise, and the next year he played a key role in Boston’s rise to the top of the Eastern Conference.
In 2019, Ibaneez signed a three year contract with the Mavericks, but they traded him to New York for a future first-round pick.
After his time in Boston, Iborza decided to retire from the NBA, but there’s no doubt he would have made a great player in the NBA.
He played five seasons for the Nets, averaging 16.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
He was an All-Defensive team member in 2008-09, and in 2010-11 he was voted to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team.
He also averaged 9.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest during his career.
Ibaneze was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Iborzas legacy is an unlikely one.
His career in the league is mostly overshadowed by the success he had in Boston.
Ibbys first big contract was a $3 million contract with Philadelphia in 2018.
He had a career year with the 76ers in 2019-20, averaging 18.3 minutes per game and 4th in the East.
Iobes first contract was in 2020, when he was a restricted free agent.
The Sixers were looking to move him to a team that would have a chance at landing a first-rounder, and they sent him to Brooklyn for Gerald Henderson and a 2019 first- round pick.
But the deal didn’t work out, and he retired a year later.
Iibes career is the story of a career with a franchise that never really got to have him.
He’s been a member of the Lakers since 2000, but his playing days are over.
Ibe has no interest in playing for the Knicks, but it is possible he could join a team looking for a big man.
The Celtics have been rumored to be interested in bringing Ibe back, but as of now he is likely headed for the Mavericks.
This story originally appeared on BleacherReport.com