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Biyombo will reach into own pocket to play for Bobcats

Dec 19, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

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Bismack Biyombo wanted badly to play for the Charlotte Bobcats this season — so much so that he will reach into his own pocket and pay much of his salary this season to a Spanish club.

Biyombo was under contract to Fuenlabrada for the next two seasons and had a $1.5 million buyout. A number Fuenlabrada would not back off of (why should they?). The Bobcats can only pay $500,000. Biyombo tried negotiations and a civil lawsuit to get a lower buyout, but he lost on every count.

So he has agreed to the buyout and the rookie is on his way to Charlotte, reports Sportando.

That is $1 million out of Biyombo’s pocket straight back to Spain this season. That’s serious dedication — how many players would give up $1 million to get to the NBA?

The 19-year-old Congo native was selected No. 7 overall by the Bobcats in the last draft. He is athletic, a defending and rebounding big man who is going to get a lot of minutes — when Kwame Brown went to Golden State the Bobcats were going to play 6’8” Boris Diaw at center for big minutes. Biyombo is getting a baptism by fire. The faster he can come along this season the better the Bobcats will be (which still will not be very good).

  1. edmazeing1 - Dec 19, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Jordan will give him that back, under the table (well atleast I assume he will)!!!

  2. blueintown - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Again, the guy pictured is not Bismack Biyambo.

    • Chris Carter - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      You guys love posting this picture for everyone with a remotely African sounding name. Fact check!

  3. ignitionnight - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Unfortunately his team will probably forget this if he outplays his rookie contract. Jordan isn’t going to care when it becomes extension time.

  4. b7p19 - Dec 19, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Yeah, Kurt, you may want to double check your photos. Unless you are now doing it on purpose just to cause some outrage. If thats the case, carry on.

  5. jaygutta6559 - Dec 19, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    That is Bismack Biombo in the picture google it before you make dumb comments

    • b7p19 - Dec 19, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      Yeah, that picture is. Was the last one, before he changed it?

      • b7p19 - Dec 19, 2011 at 12:52 PM

        You know, the one of Kemba Walker?

    • blueintown - Dec 19, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      Welcome to the party, jay. thanks for the dumb comment.

  6. glink123 - Dec 19, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    so Charlotte basically will pay this guy $7.5 million per year, instead $6.5 million, to offset the million dollar loss.

  7. hdanger10 - Dec 19, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Rookie wage scale is set, so they can’t make it up now. But what is to keep MJ from telling Nike to increase his sponsorship on his shoe deal by $1m over the next year?

    Same thought I had with LeBron last year. Why did the Nets owner not tell him he will make him $50m a year in endorsements from his other hundred companies he owns?

  8. max20characters - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    I think I would pay to LEAVE Charlotte.

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