HoopsHype Bismack Biyombo rumors

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

Biyombo can't sign an NBA contract until this matter is cleared up. Sources said Biyombo's name was on a list sent out by the NBA Wednesday detailing players who were subject to a buyout. Teams have investigated and concluded that Biyombo would owe 1 million Euros or roughly $1.5 million, possibly equal to his rookie contract, to get out of his deal with Spanish team Fuenlabrada. Sources said that the buyout figure could be negotiated, but the matter could also end up in court. ESPN.com

Bismack Biyombo now invited to the green room, which means the league considers him lottery. Twitter

I was told by a trusted league source today in New York at NBA Draft media day that Bismack Biyombo has a medical red flag with is back. Biyombo's medical report was handed out to every single NBA team by his agent. At least one team's medical staff decided there was an issue with his back that they deemed a red flag. The source said some teams may have decided it wasn't that much of an issue, but some teams have decided it is an issue. The source said there are also some question marks on the medical report regarding both of Biyombo's knees, but the source said his knees weren't enough of an issue to be considered a red flag. The Hoops Report

Now, I’ll say that if Brandon Knight falls to No. 5 – and it would most likely only happen if Utah takes Kanter at No. 3 – they’ll snap him up but of the group that’s likely to be there, why not take a shot at Biyombo, a 6-9 bit of an energetic beast. This I heard, and it’s paraphrased, about Biyombo from a friend last night who got it from the GM of the team he covers: “His offensive game isn’t nearly as bad as I was led to believe. Good footwork, just needs coaching.” Toronto Star

Biyombo’s strong ascension up NBA teams’ draft boards has not gone unnoticed by the league office, causing NBA officials to extend him a last-minute invitation to the green room, said multiple sources close to the situation. Teams that were looking to select the “unknown” Biyombo did not want to give the appearance of reaching so badly for his services that they would have to fetch him out of the crowd to shake David Stern’s hand, which is why a last-minute push was made to bring him in. Unfortunately, his family will not be able to arrive in time from the Congo. Yahoo! Sports

June 22, 2011 Updates

Working out for the third team in three days, Bismack Biyombo continued his recovery from a poor showing at the adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy, by flashing the athleticism that had NBA scouts and fans drooling after his Nike Hoop Summit performance in April. Biyombo was a part of a six-man workout in Charlotte in front of coach Paul Silas, general manager Rich Cho and owner Michael Jordan. Matched up against Marcus Morris, Jordan Hamilton, Chris Singleton, JaJuan Johnson and Thomas Coleman, Biyombo did what one might expect -- blocked shots and threw down dunks in spectacular fashion -- but he also managed to display a shooting touch that was better than advertised. Biyombo worked out for the Raptors on Monday and the Pistons on Tuesday. Prior to those team workouts, Biyombo held a one-on-none workout at the adidas Eurocamp that drew criticism for showcasing his weaknesses (shooting, dribbling) rather than his strengths (rebounding, shot blocking). From the free throw line, Biyombo showed a touch that would seem to alleviate any fears about a "Hack-a-'Mack" strategy from the opposition. Sporting News

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