Breaking Down How Bismack Biyombo Fits After Signing with Orlando Magic

July 2nd, 2016 by Jared Dubin Leave a reply »

Last summer, nobody wanted Bismack Biyombo. A then-22-year-old free agent coming off four modestly productive years with the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets, Biyombo ended up signing a two-year, $6 million contract with the Toronto Raptors that contained a player option for the second season. 

What a difference a year makes.

Biyombo declined to pick up that player option and thus hit the open market; then he agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract with the Orlando Magic on July 2, according to a report from The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. (The four-year agreement was first reported by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press. Wojnarowski later confirmed the official value of the deal.)

The immediate reaction to Biyombo's contract was somewhat mixed:

Biyombo has long been a good rebounder and shot-blocker in the limited minutes he's been given in his NBA career, but prior to a surprising playoff run, it was not clear that he could bring anything else to the table. He owes a debt of gratitude to former teammate Jonas Valanciunas and Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside for their respective injurie ...

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