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Rotowire: Oct 8 / 9:38a ET
News: Ibaka scored a team-high 18 points (8-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt) and pulled down six boards in Wednesday's preseason win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Ibaka missed the Thunder's final 18 games last season after undergoing right knee surgery, but he received full clearance for training camp and isn't expected to be limited in any capacity when the season starts. The 26-year-old noticeably regressed last season after seeing both his scoring (from 15.1 to 14.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.8 to 7.8) dip from 2013-14, while also shooting a career-worst 47.6 percent from the field. However, some of those struggles could likely be attributed to Ibaka having to take on a greater offensive role while Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant missed significant time with injuries. With both Thunder stars now back to carry the load offensively, Ibaka should receive more open looks and play more efficiently.
Rotowire: Sep 23 / 9:41a ET
News: Ibaka has dealt with discomfort in his knee over the summer but he's still been fully cleared for training camp, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Ibaka's season was cut short last year with ongoing knee issues and apparently that ailment lingered into the summer. Further news will likely be released over time but his clearance for training camp suggests that he'll be ready when the regular season begins.