The good news, for DeRozan and the Raptors, is that Biyombo wants to come back. According to a person with knowledge of his situation, he will be patient as Toronto works things out with DeRozan as its top priority. Biyombo will have no shortage of suitors should the Raptors blink long enough to lose DeRozan, but there will be no immediate rush to seize the speediest deal.
Should DeRozan be willing to shave some off the top of his salary as a way to help Biyombo stay on board, as it seems he possibly will, then there is a very real interest on Biyombo’s part of making it all work. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation.
Toronto might very well lose Bismack Biyombo, who I’m hearing could be the first contract signed this summer that really surprises people. After the success the Raptors had in the playoffs, the market is just taking off for Bismack. Once he comes off the board, it will be interesting to see what the Raptors do.
Bismack Biyombo: He blew up in the playoffs, and he certainly will decline his $3 million player option for next season. In a league where going small is emphasized over size, Biyombo is both. He's 6-9 and is strong enough to play center (listed as a power forward) and has elite shot-blocking ability to protect the rim and he's agile enough to switch out onto guards on pick-and-rolls. Biyombo's value, as a result, has skyrocketed despite not being much of an offensive threat outside of garbage putbacks. He'll cost $15 million to $17 million, one front office exec told CSNmidatlantic.com. That'll price him out of D.C. as long as Gortat ($12 million per) remains. A big with Biyombo's skill set as a backup at center, however, is ideal.
The Raptors will face an uphill challenge if they wish to bring back Bismack Biyombo. Signed to one of the best free-agent contracts last summer, Biyombo will likely opt out of his $2.9 million deal and enter unrestricted free agency.
If the Raptors were to release the cap holds of free agents Luis Scola, Jason Thompson and James Johnson, Toronto would still be $1.5 million over the cap. The Raptors would certainly need to sacrifice one of their core players to create room. DeRozan’s $15 million cap hold has Toronto right at the cap. Biyombo, who has made $14.3 million in his career, could earn that in the first year of his new contract.
Andrew Walker: Bismack Biyombo tells me he wants to be back, expects to be back, & is open to taking a hometown discount to return. @WalkerShow590 #Raptors
When asked if he would take a hometown discount, he didn't hesitate with his answer: "Yeah. Things can always be worked out," Biyombo said Monday, "I’ve said that to my people, I’ve said that to Masai. When the right time comes I’d be open to figuring something out. At the end of the day it’s for fun, not money. It’s not always about money. Money is great, but at the same time I ask ‘how much fun am I going to have? The city is great, the team is great, and we’re winning."
While appearing on Sportsnet 590 The FAN's Andrew Walker Show, Biyombo was asked if he expects to be playing in a Raptor uniform next year. "Honestly, I do," he said, adding that, "We still have some unfinished business. It was so much fun to see the team go from last year to this year making the Eastern Conference finals. Be it would be fun to go even further next season."
He stressed how important this offseason was for the Raptors, and his desire to get back in the gym and go to work, stating that he wants to focus on basketball and not on contract negotiations. "I have the right people in my corner to handle that," Biyombo said, "so I’m not concerned about it. One thing I’m thankful for is the opportunity I was given here. The whole season as we faced ups and downs [but] my teammates allow me to be myself and play my game. It was so much fun to be around my teammates, be around the city. I’m expecting for myself to be back here and I believe I have the right people to get it done."
Eric Koreen: "We want to bring them back," Masai says of DeMar and Biyombo. "Sometimes those things are difficult or challenging."
Josh Lewenberg: Masai on bringing everyone back: "I dont know how possible that is... Some of the things are more difficult than others"
In recent days, estimates of Biyombo's 2016-17 free-agent salary as the result of his playoff emergence have ranged from $15 million to $18 million, or possibly beyond. "To me," the scout said, "that is a total reach. I'd say $12 million, and a good portion of that is the bump up from there's a lot of money available. There's an over-priced factor. But $17 million? $18 million? That's absurd."
Why was Bismack Biyombo available to the Raptors last summer? The rebounding and defensive machine was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Hornets. The club ran out of patience with Biyombo, who was considered a major offensive liability with poor hands. It’s a prime example of the risk teams take by giving up on players prematurely. Biyombo could demand as much as $17 million in the free agent market this summer after he chooses to opt out of the final year of his contract that pays him $2.94 million.
Bismack Biyombo: Just want to say what a season, I'm proud of my teammates, the organization and mostly the fans,thank you! This has been amazing. Was also great to finish my 5th NBA seasons, Glory to God! #WeTheNorth #wetheother #respect #Godbless #Biznation
Marc Stein: Sources say Bismack Biyombo, meanwhile, will decline his $2.9 million option for 2016-17 by June 4 to be an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo, a backup the entire regular season who is making $2.8 million for 2015-16, will surely opt out of his contract this summer and land a deal worth at least $16 million per year because of his breakout postseason, according to a league source. According to Hoopshype.com, Biyombo, a defensive and rebounding stalwart with a limited offensive skill set, is the 23rd-best potential free agent on the market this summer. Beal is ninth on that list, which includes players with contract options, such as all-stars LeBron James and Andre Drummond, who are not expected to test the market.
Jorge Castillo: Was told yesterday Biyombo will get at least $16 mil a year. twitter.com/SeanDeveney/st…
J. Michael Falgoust: Had convo w/a GM today. I guessed $10-12M & got laughed at. "Higher!"--> Toronto's Biyombo could command $17M a year nba.nbcsports.com/2016/05/25/rep…
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.
This is also the year of the free agent on the Toronto sports landscape. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion aren’t signed beyond this season. DeMar DeRozan and Dwane Casey aren’t signed beyond this season. And Biyombo, who has brought a defensive presence, a rebounding acumen, a toughness to a Raptors team in need of all that, won’t commit beyond this coming playoff season right now. “I’m going to make it very hard for him,” said Masai Ujiri, the Raptors general manager and a fellow African. “I’m going to try and do whatever I can to get it done. There are going to be other people who want this player. My job is to try and get it done.”
“To be here right now is amazing and it’s a blessing. To tell you the truth, I haven’t thought about (free agency). I love Toronto. I love the fans. I love everything about it. But the focus for me right now is for us to go as far as he can. “I don’t see why (I wouldn’t sign here). But really, I haven’t thought about it. “
Josh Lewenberg: Bismack Biyombo tells @WheelerTSN he'd love to stay in Toronto. Problem is Im sure he also likes money & he may have to give up a lot of it to do so
Marc J. Spears: The Hornets did not tender a qualifying offer to forward Bismack Biyombo, a source told Yahoo Sports. He is now an unrestricted free agent.
October 23, 2021 | 1:41 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Sources: 9-year NBA veteran Lance Stephenson will play for the Denver Nuggets’ G League affiliate, Grand Rapids, this season. He was selected No. 13 in G League draft today.
Andrew Greif: In today’s G League draft, where LiAngelo Ball went 14th overall to Greensboro (one pick after Lance Stephenson went to Grand Rapids), the Clippers’ Agua Caliente Clippers took Nate Darling fifth overall.
Tommy Beer: The Knicks have made 41 three-pointers this season. No other team in the NBA has made more than 32. Total 3-point attempts thru the first two games of the season: Knicks: 99 Rockets: 71 Nets: 71 Warriors: 70 pic.twitter.com/YTF6OJSVlH
October 23, 2021 | 12:42 pm EDT Update
In an exclusive statement to Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill, Roberts urged everyone to be respectful and supportive of Simmons as he works through a tough time. She also called out Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey’s comments about continuing this standoff with Simmons for the four remaining years of his contract. “Really? Is it so hard to believe that Ben’s not mentally at a place to compete? Professional athletes — like the rest of us — have difficult periods in our lives that require time and energy to heal. We have and will continue to provide Ben with the support and resources he needs to work through this. Threatening the prospect of ‘another four years’ serves no one’s interests. Like Tobias [Harris], I say let’s respect Ben’s space and embrace him while allowing him the time to move forward. “So, take a breath and count to 10: We are all too good to continue to play this perpetual game of chicken.”
The Wizards then flipped a draft pick for Aaron Holiday and signed Spencer Dinwiddie as part of the trade. Kuzma put on his GM hat after Friday’s game to evaluate the deal in hindsight. “I mean, you gotta do that trade 10 out of 10 times. If you have an opportunity to get five good basketball players for one, it makes sense. Granted, [Westbrook is] obviously a Hall of Fame player and everything. He’s an unbelievable player, don’t take that wrong,” Kuzma said.
Mark Medina: Lakers coach Frank Vogel taking issue with Dwight Howard and Klay Thompson not being on NBA Top 75 list. Vogel called it “surreal” that LeBron, AD, Westbrook and Melo are all on the list