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July 30, 2011 Updates

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

June 24, 2011 Updates
June 23, 2011 Updates

Scott Howard-Cooper: Talked with another GM who has Biyombo #9 to Bobcats. Interesting. Either sets up a trade or playing w/ 6-9 center. No need for another PF. Twitter

David Locke: Just heard Chris Singelton's name at 9 and the Biyombo at 5 may be real. Twitter

Sam Amick: Source from team in the lottery that is high on Bismack Biyombo says they're not concerned about reported back issue. Twitter

Steve Kyler: Hearing Bismack Biyombo may have been flagged with a possible back issue, sources say likely will not effect his draft stock. Twitter

Congo forward Bismack Biyombo was a late invitee to the NBA draft's green room Thursday, which would indicate he could land in the lottery, but according to league sources Biyombo doesn't have a letter of clearance from FIBA and is subject to a buyout. ESPN.com

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