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November 28, 2011

An update on Bobcats rookie Biyombo

Some of you have been asking about Charlotte Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo and his contract complications in Spain.

I just had a brief conversation with Biyombo's USA-based agent, Joel Bell. He said there's a civil trial scheduled for Dec. 19 in Spain. Biyombo is suing Fuenlabrada, the team Biyombo played for last season, for breach of contract.

If Biyombo won that suit, he'd lkely be free of that contract and able to sign with the Bobcats. This has now become a more pressing issue, with the lockout likely to end in time for training camps and free-agency to start Dec. 9.

You might recall my story over the summer, quoting a FIBA official as saying that organization -- basketball's international governing body -- had denied the NBA a clearance letter to sign Biyombo. That was at the request of the Spanish basketball federation, looking to enforce Fuenlabrada's contract with Biyombo. Clearly, the team wants a sizeable transfer fee to give up its rights to Biyombo.

The Bobcats chose Biyombo, a rebounder/shotblocker, seventh overall in June. Due to the lockout, the Bobcats have had no contact with him since July. In the meantime, Biyombo has been training in Tampa, Fla.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

Comments

Rick, do you know what the alleged breach was, or if Biyombo's agent thinks he'll win the case?

Posted by: apauldds | Nov 28, 2011 11:35:55 AM

even if he doesn't win, it makes way more sense for him to pay the fee in the contract out of pocket and get his lottery pick contract here NOW.

UNLESS he plans on actually playing in the spanish league which he clearly doesn't. this should just be about biyombo throwing up a hail mary trying to save himself a few million.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 28, 2011 11:40:27 AM

So glad you're back, Rick. :-)

Posted by: long | Nov 28, 2011 12:01:07 PM

We are going to need that guy. Only one center on the roster and he is coming off an injury that ends alot of careers. and we have a power forward that Charlottean could probably out rebound.

Posted by: Cranky | Nov 28, 2011 1:24:01 PM

We MUST re-sign Kwame!

Posted by: Cats Fan | Nov 28, 2011 1:45:38 PM

cranky boris is heavily underrated when it comes to rebounding. Sure he only grabs about 5 a game but if you watch the tape, he almost always has perfect box out position that leads to our guards getting rebounds. You almost never see boris' man getting offensive rebounds. Stats might say otherwise, but I haven't missed a game since tivo came outĀ©jadakiss and I see that play in and play out.

I really hope we retain boris after this season as a 6th man (once biyombo is ready to start) and obviously at a much lesser contract. the only reason he looks bad in charlotte is because he's overpaid. you pay him 5 million a year and we're singing his praises.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 28, 2011 2:13:42 PM

I really hope they can get Bismack in here. It could mean the difference between a total of 9 or 10 wins this year.

Posted by: Ron | Nov 28, 2011 3:53:13 PM

Ron -- that was pretty funny. Very dry, very funny.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 28, 2011 4:12:51 PM

Rick- nice article. Wonder how much his 'lawsuit' is just blowing smoke to hurry up a settlement. If his trial is not until the 19th, can he work out with the team on the 9th, when camp opens?

Posted by: eduardo | Nov 28, 2011 5:02:14 PM

Just like MJ, Rick Bonnell has not a clue! MJ can sign Morrison again... He got the boot in Serbia.hahahaha

Posted by: ben | Nov 28, 2011 5:15:47 PM

beny......suck eggs

Posted by: really? | Nov 28, 2011 7:52:44 PM

The NBA is back. Great stuff. Rick 2 questions: How much are Bobcats under cap? And, as it pertains to your article: What happens if he loses the suit?

Posted by: HJ | Nov 29, 2011 12:12:13 AM

Charlotte an...don't disagree. Like him at 5 mil because of his all around play. However He can be a great box out guy, but you still need to get an actual rebound once in a while. His per minute numbers are brutal.

Posted by: Cranky | Nov 29, 2011 10:02:08 PM

Fantastic that Diaw can box out, but it is his responsibility as a PF to actually get a rebound occasionally.

Posted by: Sambo | Nov 30, 2011 8:40:19 AM

ap: Biyombo claims that the team did not pay him on schedule, but he also claims that problem began several years ago. Given the delay in seeking restitution, I'm struck with the notion that he'll have a difficult time winning this case.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 30, 2011 2:44:23 PM

FYI- Morrison didn't "get the boot" in Serbia, Ben. He asked to be released to pursue an NBA contract. Maybe you don't have the clue...

Posted by: Matt | Nov 30, 2011 3:19:46 PM

Michael Procton = Spanish Lawyer

Posted by: Sambo | Nov 30, 2011 3:29:12 PM

So what are Biyombo's options if he loses the case?

Posted by: apauldds | Nov 30, 2011 4:23:00 PM

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