The Chicago Bulls will have a busy offseason as they try to improve their team that failed to qualify for the 2016 NBA Playoffs. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Bulls may be interested in signing Bismack Biyombo this summer and replace the departing Joakim Noah.
Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reported last week that Noah has told his teammates he leaving the Bulls in free agency. The two-time All-Star is rumored to have no trust in Chicago’s front office headed by John Paxson and Gar Forman, who drove away Tom Thibodeau out of the Windy City.
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If the rumors are indeed true, the Bulls will have no legitimate center on their roster as Pau Gasol is also expected to leave. Jay Patt of SB Nation suggested that Chicago may go after Bismack Biyombo of the Toronto Raptors.
The 23-year-old backup center played magnificently in the playoffs, helping the Raptors eliminate the Miami Heat in the second-round. He also was instrumental in the two wins Toronto had against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Biyombo was signed for a bargain price last season but the injury to Jonas Valanciunas showed how good the Congolese big man really is defensively. His athleticism was on full display highlighted by a 26-rebound game in Game 3 and a big rejection on Kevin Love in Game 4.
Sean Devaney of Sporting News projected that Biyombo will likely receive a max deal offers with a $17 million annual salary in the offseason. The Bulls have enough money to offer him that kind of deal and have him replace the energy and defense given by Noah.
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However, Biyombo told SportsNet that he is very open to returning to the Raptors. He also said that he is willing to take a discount to stay up north.
“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,” Biyombo said.
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