Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Milwaukee Bucks have made big man Miles Plumlee available for potential deals as NBA trade season inches ever closer
May 25, 2016 | 10:12 pm EDT Update
It also helps that some well-heeled and high-profile teams will be in need of a center who brings rim protection this summer. Boston GM Danny Ainge said that would be among the Celtics’ top targets, and Boston will be a team with interest in Biyombo. So will the Lakers, as they are known to be eagerly seeking a defensive big man to put with Julius Randle in the frontcourt. That won’t be all, of course. Chicago or Houston — attractive big markets — might well need a center this summer, and Biyombo would fit with a burgeoning young playoff team like Portland. What’s most critical is that the team landing Biyombo has the confidence in him to make him a starter. The money he will warrant will make him too expensive to bench.
“For someone like (Biyombo), I think when you look at a guy like Tyson Chandler and what he got from Phoenix last summer (four years, $52 million), that’s where you start for a contract,” one Eastern Conference GM told Sporting News. “But you factor in the cap spike and it’s probably going to be high, I’d say, $16-17 million. It’ll be a heck of a $17 million-per-year gamble.” That’s a sizable raise for a guy the Raptors signed for two years and less than $6 million last summer, with a player option this year. It’s also a gamble on a player who averaged 5.5 points and 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game this year — though only in 22.2 minutes.
Biyombo is only 23 years old, but even that might be a gamble. When he entered the draft in 2011, he said he was born in 1992. Privately, team executives expressed doubt about that, and there was a rumor that Biyombo was, in fact, 22. Even if that rumor were true, Biyombo would be only 27 now and worthy of a three- or four-year commitment. But one GM did reiterate that the question of Biyombo’s age was not entirely resolved.
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