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Sportsnet: Report: Raptors’ Biyombo opts out of contract, becomes UFA
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Report: Raptors’ Biyombo opts out of contract, becomes UFA

Toronto Raptors centre Bismack Biyombo has declined the $2.9-million option for 2016-17 in order to become an unrestricted free agent, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders is reporting.

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Bismack Biyombo's deadline to opt out was 7 days after Toronto Raptors' last game (5/27/16) as such, he officially opted out @BBallInsiders
6:21 PM - 6 Jun 2016
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This latest report comes on the heels of an ESPN one last week that said Biyombo would opt out of his current deal and potentially begin taking offers of $15 million a season on the open market.

In 19 playoff games this season, Biyombo averaged 6.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game on 60 per cent shooting, that included a monstrous 26-rebound, four-block performance in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While teams can exceed the salary cap to sign their own free agents under the Larry Bird exception, the Raptors don’t own Biyombo’s Bird rights (a player who has played three seasons without being waived or changing teams as a free agent). That would make re-signing him to that estimated $15 million per season nearly impossible given the fact they have to make a decision on all-star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan and the max contract he is likely to command.

Still, the 23-year-old Biyombo did publicly say he would be willing to take a hometown discount, but can he really leave so much money on the table just to stay in Toronto? He’s certainly said things indicating that.

“Yeah. Things can always be worked out,” Biyombo said last week on the Andrew Walker Show. “I’ve said that to my people, I’ve said that to [Raptors general manager] Masai [Ujiri]. 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.”

We’ll see soon enough just how much, exactly, “having fun” is really worth





Can't see him taking that much of a hometown discount.

Basketball salaries are ridiculous!
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I'd hit the bricks too for that kind of money.
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Right now there will be such a flood of money entering the league that not opting out would be foolish unless you suck
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With the influx of cash from the tv deal, it's hard to predict what NBA salaries will look like for the next few years. Biyombo was a recent high draft pick that just didn't pan out in Charlotte, but he still had a ton of potential when he came to TO, and helped by the JV injury, he got hot at the right time and he's going to be a very, very rich man for it. I also think he's a prime candidate for the worst contract of the 2016 off-season.
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Biz gone to Orlando.
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not sure.I think he got hot during the playoffs.I don't know how good he was in the season.
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4 years...no terms announced
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I've read $18 million a year, so about what was predicted
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he would not have got 18 from the Raps...and he still would have been fighting for playing time behind JV

wish him well.

just wasn't going to happen here.
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Biyombo was terrific for the Raptors in the playoffs.

Should do well in Orlando perhaps.
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