HoopsHype Bismack Biyombo rumors

December 3, 2011 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo believes his contract issues with a Spanish pro team won't linger beyond the start of training camp Dec. 9. "We're working on that and I expect things to be done soon," Biyombo told the Observer Friday. "It will be resolved on time. I'm pretty sure that I'll be in training camp with the rest of the guys" in a week. Charlotte Observer

December 1, 2011 Updates

Today is the first day NBA players are welcome back in team training facilities. It's unclear how many Bobcats are back in Charlotte, but Higgins said Biyombo might be here soon, despite him still being under contract to a Spanish team. The Observer reported Tuesday that Biyombo is suing that team in Spain for breach of contract. The trial is set to begin Dec,. 19, and presumably if Biyombo wins, he would be free to sign with the Bobcats. His Spanish team wants a seven-figure transfer fee before Biyombo is allowed to sign with the Bobcats. Higgins described the Biyombo contract situation as "forever evolving.'' NBA rules allow the Bobcats to pay up to $500,000 toward a transfer fee. Any more would be Biyombo's responsibility. Biyombo has said repeatedly and emphatically that he'll play for the Bobcats this season. Charlotte Observer

November 28, 2011 Updates

Some of you have been asking about Charlotte Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo and his contract complications in Spain. I just had a brief conversation with Biyombo's USA-based agent, Joel Bell. He said there's a civil trial scheduled for Dec. 19 in Spain. Biyombo is suing Fuenlabrada, the team Biyombo played for last season, for breach of contract. If Biyombo won that suit, he'd lkely be free of that contract and able to sign with the Bobcats. This has now become a more pressing issue, with the lockout likely to end in time for training camps and free-agency to start Dec. 9. Charlotte Observer

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Bismack Biyombo on status of contract situation: I can guarantee a lot of people. There's a lot of things going on with that and we're working on that and hopefully before the season start we can get it done. I'm pretty sure [this] season I'm going to be there and I'm in my team jersey playing for Charlotte and be in the league. For sure I'll be in the league. A lot of people heard different stuff, but I guarantee people I will be in the league. We're working on the contract and everything and it'll be OK. There is no worries about it. Salt Lake Tribune

July 31, 2011 Updates

Some of you have asked me what's the significance of FIBA not clearing Bismack Biyombo to sign an NBA contract. It's about money and leverage. That Spanish team doesn't mind losing Biyombo to the Charlotte Bobcats, but they want every bit of a buyout of about $1.4 million to release him. The Spanish Federation and, by extension, FIBA is backing the team. So Biyombo and the Bobcats will eventually have to pay up to get this resolved. This is the pitfall of using high picks on International players. But as Dirk Nowitzki, the Gasol brothers and Tony Parker all demonstrate, foreigners can have huge impact on an NBA team's success. Charlotte Observer

July 30, 2011 Updates

The NBA lockout isn't the only thing keeping the Charlotte Bobcats from signing their top draft pick. FIBA, basketball's international governing body, recently declined to provide the NBA clearance to sign forward Bismack Biyombo, the Observer has learned. Biyombo, drafted seventh overall in June, is still under contract to a Spanish team and the Spanish Federation is enforcing that contract. Charlotte Observer

In an email reply to an Observer inquiry, FIBA spokesman Andrew Robotham wrote: "The NBA has indeed requested a Letter of Clearance (LoC) for the Player Bismack Biyombo. In accordance with the NBA/FIBA Agreement, FIBA has contacted the Spanish Federation in order to obtain the LoC. "However, the Spanish Basketball Federation refused to issue the LoC in view of the fact that the Player is still under contract with a team in Spain." Charlotte Observer

July 29, 2011 Updates

The NBA lockout isn’t the only thing keeping the Charlotte Bobcats from signing their top draft pick. FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, recently declined to provide the NBA clearance to sign forward Bismack Biyombo, the Observer has learned. Biyombo, drafted seventh overall in June, is still under contract to a Spanish team and the Spanish Federation is enforcing that contract. Charlotte Observer

July 14, 2011 Updates

The agent for Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo insists the seventh pick in the draft will play for Charlotte next season despite a buyout dispute with his Spanish team. Igor Crespo said in a phone interview Thursday that no matter when the lockout ends, "the player will be there to play with the Bobcats from the first game." A spokesman for Madrid-based Fuenlabrada said last month the team is fine in letting Biyombo out of the last two years of his contract, but expects to receive a $1.4 million buyout. Oklahoman

June 29, 2011 Updates

However, TUBASKET.com knows after speaking with Biyombo's agent, Igor Crespo, that the Friday mediation session will be useless because both sides are as far apart as the first day the conflict started. So their differences will be resolved by a judge in the court to determine how much the player has to pay for the buyout -if there's one-. TuBasket.com

Biyombo's Spanish team apparently expects a buyout of approximately $1.4 million to allow the 18-year-old forward/center to join the Bobcats, who drafted him No.7 overall Thursday. NBA rules say the Bobcats can't pay more than $500,000 toward any buyout, so in some ways the team's hands are tied. The primary negotiation will need to be between Biyombo's agent and the Madrid-based team that currently holds the player's rights. Charlotte Observer

Biyombo was still in Charlotte Tuesday but may go to Spain with his agent, Igor Crespo, for the buyout negotiations. Bobcats officials and Biyombo declined comment on the situation Tuesday through team spokesmen. Immediately after the draft, Cho did say of the situation: "He (Biyombo) has got a dispute with his Spanish team. It's something we're going to have to address. Charlotte Observer

A number of GMs reported to me on Friday that they passed on some players because of injury concerns. What's interesting is that some team doctors see problems that other team doctors don't. I heard particular teams had concerns about Bismack Biyombo, Kemba Walker, Justin Harper and Josh Selby. The concerns didn't affect Biyombo and Walker's draft stock much, but may help explain why Harper and Selby slid like they did. ESPN.com

June 28, 2011 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats draft pick Bismack Biyombo and his Spanish club have scheduled a mediation session Friday in hopes of settling a dispute over the contract buyout required before he'd be allowed to play in the NBA. Jorge Sanz, spokesman for the Madrid-based team Fuenlabrada, said Biyombo has two seasons left on his deal and his buyout clause is more than $1.4 million. NBA rules say the Bobcats can't pay more than $500,000 toward a buyout. While Sanz said the team has accepted and won't fight the 18-year-old Congo native's desire to leave, it expects to receive the buyout. "We have to reach an agreement over the compensation for the club," Sanz said. "On July 1 there is a mediation session. We are asking for the million euros that is stated in his contract. If we don't reach an agreement, it will go to court and a judge will decide." ESPN.com

Biyombo, who is in Charlotte working out this week, told reporters Friday he was a "free agent" and the buyout wasn't a concern. "I'm going to play in the NBA next season, for sure, 100 percent," Biyombo said. Biyombo's agent, Igor Crespo, and Bobcats general manager Rich Cho didn't immediately return messages Tuesday morning seeking comment. Cho said after the draft last week he expected the issue to be resolved before next season. "He's got a dispute with his Spanish team," Cho said. "It's something we're going to have to address. It's a little bit complicated." ESPN.com

Charlotte Bobcats draft pick Bismack Biyombo and his Spanish club have scheduled a mediation session Friday in hopes of settling a dispute over the contract buyout required before he'd be allowed to play in the NBA. Jorge Sanz, spokesman for the Madrid-based team Fuenlabrada, said Biyombo has two seasons left on his deal and his buyout clause is more than $1.4 million. NBA rules say the Bobcats can't pay more than $500,000 toward a buyout. USA Today

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