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Friday, October 18, 2019

Bismack Biyombo reportedly agrees to four-year deal with Magic


Let all of the fingers wag in unison in the Orlando metropolitan.

According to a report by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press on Saturday, the Orlando Magic have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with former Raptors center Bismack Biyombo.

Marc Stein of ESPN adds that Biyombo’s deal is likely to approach a value of approximately $70 million.

Biyombo, 23, had become something of a cult hero in Toronto during their Eastern Conference Finals run this past postseason with his stonewall rim protection and his Dikembe Mutombo impersonations (with or without the necessary permissions). The former No. 7 overall pick had previously indicated a willingness to take a hometown discount to remain a Raptor, but the Magic apparently made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

The Magic have had a busy, enigmatic offseason after landing Serge Ibaka in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, acquiring Jodie Meeks from the Pistons, re-signing Evan Fournier, and reaching free agent agreements with Jeff Green and DJ Augustin. Nobody knows how all of these moving parts will come together, especially with incumbent young talents Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic now potentially facing competition for their minutes. But at the very least, Orlando’s new interior wrecking crew of Ibaka and Biyombo should easily help them improve on their 17th-ranked defensive efficiency last season (per NBA.com).

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