Bismack Biyombo Rumors

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Bismack Biyombo
Bismack Biyombo
Position: C
Born: 08/28/92
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:229 lbs. / 103.9 kg.
Salary: $17,000,000
Me: It didn’t take DeMar long to re-sign, and he kind of made it clear he was coming back, anyway. So what do you think you have this year, minus Biz [Bismack Biyombo]? Kyle Lowry: I think we have pretty much the same team, minus that elite shot blocker. I think [Jared] Sullinger can not be the shot blocking presence, but he can be a guy that’s going to be a presence — he’ll read the play earlier, make sure he’s there a half-second earlier. I also think we come back with some experience. We got to a point where we were two games away from making The Finals, and we just happened to lose to the championship team. We gained a lot of experience that series and this past season.
Vogel: I think positions still matter in today’s NBA. But he’s comfortable playing both. You’re correct in your assessment that he’s going to be playing mostly small forward on this team. That’s something I’m excited about because I’ve always been able to build some really solid defenses, and the foundation of those teams was defensive length and athleticism. This is what we’re going to have with this club, with either Vuc or Bismack Biyombo at the five and Serge Ibaka at the four and Aaron Gordon at the three, you’ve got a really long, athletic front court, which I think is necessary if you want to be a great defensive team.
Magic executives and coach Frank Vogel expect Biyombo to thrive as leader, which is a reason why the team signed him to a four-year deal worth $17 million per season. The massive contract shocked many people within the league, partly because the Magic roster already included Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic. But Magic officials think Biyombo, 24, is about to blossom and will provide passion and toughness. “He’s a defensive beast,” Vogel said.
Everyone is saying the right things – so far. “We all got to help each other to get better,” Biyombo said. “But for me, the most important thing is to win a ballgame. Whatever I can do, whatever we can do, to win a game, then we’re going to go for it.” Vucevic said: “We have to accept the challenge and go against each other in a healthy way. It will only make our team better and each of us as players better.”
Kennedy: The front office brought in a lot of veterans such as Ibaka, Biyombo, Green, D.J. Augustin and Jodie Meeks. What did you think of the additions? They’re clearly win-now moves. Aaron Gordon: “It’s just exciting to me. I’ve always trusted Rob Hennigan and I’ve always trusted Scott Perry. To me, it validates my trust in them. They made moves that other people couldn’t have made. They were confident, aggressive moves. Now, it’s on us. We’re ready to play. We have the coach, the staff, the players, the organization. We have a foundation of players who have been there and been through the losing, and now it’s time to start winning.”