It seems as though Raptors fans aren't the only ones feeling a little wistful and sad today.
"Thank you Toronto. Thank you, Canada. And thank you, Raptors," Ibaka tweeted. "I am one of yours forever."
I feel really blessed to have played for this city, these fans, and this organization.
How to explain what Toronto, Canada, and the Raptors mean to me? I was welcomed to a new country and a new team mor… https://t.co/jqjO6fpip5— Serge Ibaka (@Serge Ibaka)1606074738.0
Ibaka wrote that he would never forget the love he received during his time as a Raptor, both from the organization itself and the fanbase.
His sweet words were well received but not surprising, as Ibaka has long proven himself to be one of the Raptors' most personable and charming players.
Fans across the globe tweeted their sadness at the news and shared their favourite memories of the player.
@sergeibaka THEY WON’T LOVE YOU LIKE WE DID— 𝔸𝕚𝕕𝕒𝕟¹⁴ (@𝔸𝕚𝕕𝕒𝕟¹⁴)1606074843.0
one of my favorite moments from serge ibaka. he made sure that kyle lowry was the first raptors player to lift the… https://t.co/4II2I7UfS8— William Lou (@William Lou)1606070973.0
Free Agency wasn't all bad for Raptors fans, as the team did re-sign Fred VanVleet to a hefty four-year contract.
But Ibaka will no doubt leave a giant, scarf-shaped hole in the hearts of thousands of Raptors fans.