Every block from Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the Raptors-Cavaliers Eastern Conference Finals series is another wad of cash in the 6’9″ 23-year-old’s pocket. Last nights rejection of Kevin Love was no different:
In the absence of Raptors starting center Jonas Valanciunas, Biyombo has been a defensive game-changer in this series with seven blocks, a whopping 40 rebounds (including a TWENTY SIX rebound performance in Game 3), and a +21 in the past two Toronto victories that have this series tied at two heading back to Cleveland for Game 5.
Last night, I got a little excited and wrapped up in all the hype (especially after the rejection of LeBron) and tweeted that the Celtics should sign Biyombo, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. That would be the ultimate sucker move. Teams do it every year. They overvalue players based on a few good playoff performances or some other surface level stat and then end up overpaying the player with an enormous contract (see: Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks).
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Biyombo: “For Biyombo – who’ll assuredly reject his 2016-17 players option and move into free agency – he could be the most interesting test case of a free-agent market flushed with television money. He can barely catch the ball, but could command $12 million-$14 million a year on this free-agent market. Surround him with shooters, and let the man loose.”
So for now, I’m just going to enjoy this volleyball style block Biyombo had on LeBron and hope the Celtics can sign him for something in the $5-6 million/year range next season (which seems VERY VERY unlikely at this point considering his age and untapped potential).