Bismack Biyombo joined Toronto Raptors last summer on a two-year deal worth $6 million with an opt-out after the first season. The center’s stellar show surprised the NBA world in this edition of the league and Biyombo is expected to grab a huge deal this summer.
“I can’t be mad at the Hornets,” Biyombo said, according to the CBS Sports. “This is a business. You look at it as a positive rather than a negative. They did what they have to do and I am where I am and I think I’m happy to be where I am because, without them doing that part, then I shouldn’t be here.”
Biyombo made his presence felt as a reserve center during the playoffs, in the absence of the starting center Jonas Valanciunas. Biyombo started in 22 regular season games and 10 playoff games. His match-winning performances came in four of the team’s biggest post-season victories, in Game 5 against the Pacers, Game 7 against the Miami Heat and Games 3 and 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Conference finals.
Now will the Raptors be able to retain Biyombo despite his terrific performance? The other teams could offer him $17 million per season in this offseason, as reported by the Sports Rageous earlier. The Raptors already have a starting center in Valanciunas, who signed a four-year, $64 million contract extension last summer. And the Raptors don’t have Biyombo’s bird rights. Masai Ujiri earlier revealed in March that he would do anything to retain the promising center. If Biyombo leaves Toronto, he will miss the Raptors, and the Raptors will also miss his services. The Raptors center is keeping the options wide open at this moment.
“At the end of the day there are situations and scenarios that you can’t control,” Biyombo said. “It’s a lot of [stuff] that I have to think about but at the same time, like I said, I love it up here, man. That’s all I’m going to keep in my mind and stay away from all this for a week and think about the great season that we had, I think those are the most important things. And once the time comes, there are right people who will handle it and I will hope to be back here again.”
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