The Orlando Magic makeover continues as they grab Toronto Raptors free agent center Bismack Biyombo with an estimated $70 million over four years.
Hearing that Orlando’s four-year deal with Bismack Biyombo is likely to approach $70 million
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2016
Biyombo was willing to give the Raptors a hometown discount to stay in Toronto, but without jumping through some major league hoops, there was no way for Raptors GM Masai Ujiri to even get in the ballpark of the Orlando offer of an estimated $17.5 million per season.
A defensive specialist, Biyombo averaged 5.5 points, 8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 22 minutes for the Raptors last season. In his 22 starts those numbers improved to 7.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2 blocks in 29.8 minutes.
The writing was on the wall for Biyombo in Toronto after the NBA draft when Ujiri took two centers in the first round.
Four-year, $72M on Bismack Biyombo's Magic agreement @APkrawczynski reported on. Masai Ujiri loved Biz, but didn't value him that way.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 2, 2016