Thursday, June 23, 2011
Sources: Bismack Biyombo has buyout
By Andy Katz
Congo forward Bismack Biyombo was a late invitee Thursday to the NBA draft's green room, an indication he could land in the lottery, but according to league sources, Biyombo doesn't have a letter of clearance from FIBA, the international basketball governing body, and is subject to a buyout.
Biyombo can't sign an NBA contract until the matter is cleared up.
Sources said Biyombo's name was on a list sent out by the NBA Wednesday detailing players who were subject to a buyout. Teams have investigated and concluded that Biyombo would owe roughly $1.5 million, possibly equal to his NBA rookie contract, to get out of his deal with Spanish team Fuenlabrada.
Sources said the buyout figure could be negotiated, but the matter also could end up in court.
Biyombo could be drafted by Toronto at No. 5, which worked him out Monday in New York, or Detroit (No. 8) or Charlotte (No. 9), which also have worked him out recently.
Andy Katz is a senior basketball writer for ESPN.com