Tucker has signed a four-year contract worth US$32 million with the Houston Rockets.
The Raptors and the free agent came to terms on a three-year, $65 million deal on Sunday morning, keeping the big man in the fold long-term.
Questioning the listed ages of African players - which appears to be the issue Ibaka is addressing specifically - is a longstanding, ugly and brutally cynical tradition in the National Basketball Association world, as with Latino players in Major League Baseball.
With Ibaka returning to the Raptors one has to wonder what this means for Kyle Lowry.
He was sent to Toronto by Orlando, in exchange for Terrence Ross and a first-round draft pick - a big price that would have looked even bigger if the Raptors had lost Ibaka for nothing this summer. He is averaging 14.3 PPG for his career and 4.8 assists. The Raptors may have to say goodbye to Patrick Patterson, unless Toronto's ownership is willing to pay the extra taxes to re-sign him. The Raptors only had a * a href="http://stats.nba.com/lineups/advanced/#!?Season=2016-17&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&TeamID=1610612761&GroupQuantity=2&sort=DEF_RATING&dir=1&CF=MIN*GE*300" *107.1 defensive rating with Ibaka and Valanciunas in the lineup. He isn't as bouncy as he once was, but the Raptors would probably like to see him average at least two blocks per game. They've won 48, 49, 56, and 51 regular season games over the last four seasons, and there is no one left on the planet who any longer believes their potential is greater than what they've achieved.
However, retaining him makes little sense if the Raptors do not intend to also re-sign Lowry, who shares an agent with Ibaka, because Toronto would be heading for a rebuild.