Free Agency, Bismack Biyombo, Toronto Raptors
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 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.
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.