Bismack Biyombo Rumors

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Bismack Biyombo
Bismack Biyombo
Position: F
Born: 08/28/92
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:229 lbs. / 103.9 kg.
Even the most plugged-in execs are cautious in projecting contracts for this summer, the last one before the biggest cap jump in league history. Teams and agents will negotiate in a weird netherworld between the projected cap for next season, around $68 million, and the potential $90 million cap coming in 2016-17. The league’s average salary, and perhaps the midlevel exception, could jump to $7.5 million or so in just two years. Teams want good contracts now, but agents don’t want to sign contracts that will look silly in 2017. Could you get Biyombo at $4 million? Most people think so, but no one is sure. The Hornets have to tender Biyombo a one-year, $5.2 million qualifying offer to retain matching rights, and executives are nearly unanimous that Biyombo won’t get that kind of money on the open market.
And now he’s getting ready to return after a 10-game absence. Biyombo participated in practice Thursday at TD Garden. There’s a small chance he’ll be cleared to play Friday against the Boston Celtics, but more likely his return will come Sunday night against the Magic in Orlando, Fla. Biyombo showed progress in the 13 games he started while Al Jefferson recovered from a groin strain. He had three points/rebounds double-doubles in that span, but Biyombo said those numbers weren’t the best measure of how he can impact a game.
Hornets center Bismack Biyombo has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee. Biyombo, who will not participate in impact activities, will be re-evaluated in approximately 10 days. Biyombo left the Hornets game vs. New York in the second quarter on Saturday night and did not return. In 38 games this season, Biyombo is averaging 4.6 points on .569 (62-109) shooting and 6.2 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game.
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Long story short … a guy named Igor Crespo says Biyombo owes him more than $2 MILLION in unpaid commission for his help in “developing” him into an NBA talent. In the suit, Crespo says he met Biyombo in Yemen back in 2009 … and he signed a contract promising him 10% of all pro basketball earnings for the rest of his life in exchange for Crespo’s help. The contract was allegedly signed in Spain, where Crespo says he helped Bismack get a job with a pro team in Madrid.
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With the Charlotte Bobcats deciding whether to exercise the option for the 2014-15 season on his rookie scale contract, Bismack Biyombo isn’t worrying about the organization’s choice. The Bobcats must decide by Oct. 31. “I’m happy with the team here,” Biyombo told RealGM. “If I have to stay, I will, but you just don’t know. I’m thankful for the season. I don’t even think about it – I just do my job and let it take care of itself. I got to play hard and play just like any other season.”
Though Haywood would have been third on the depth chart at center, behind Al Jefferson and Bismack Biyombo, this is still a blow because capable centers are so hard to find. “First of all, on a personal level, I’ve seen how hard he’s worked all summer to keep his body in shape so he had the best chance possible to be ready for the regular season,’’ said coach Steve Clifford. “Everything was done with a good schedule. You feel for him. “From a team standpoint, it’s a hit. He’s our biggest guy, he’s our best basket protector. When he got on the floor the day that he got hurt, he was moving well.”