Biyombo was a DNP-CD in Tuesday's preseason win over the Heat.
The veteran big man has not been held out of two of the Hornets' three preseason contest. And while it's too early to read too far into the situation, it appears as though Biyombo is on the outside looking in when it comes to the Hornets' center rotation. Barring an injury or two to the likes of Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky or Willy Hernangomez, Biyombo's role during the regular season will likely be rather limited.
Biyombo will be dealt to the Hornets in a three-team trade agreed upon Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Julyan Stone will be sent to Chicago in the deal while Jerian Grant and Timofey Mozgov will be shipped to Orlando.
The Hornets will essentially give up a depth point guard in Stone to deal Timofey Mozgov's exorbitant contract in exchange for Biyombo's. While the $34 million remaining on Biyombos' deal over the next two years is a tough hit to swallow, he at least represents a more realistic rotational option for the team than Mozgov did and has some prior history with the organization. Expect Biyombo to battle for minutes at center with Cody Zeller and Willy Hernangomez.
Biyombo averaged 5.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists across 82 games played with Orlando in 2017-18.
The 24-year-old finished his seventh NBA season by seeing declines in scoring, rebounding and assist averages from the prior year. Biyombo shot a career high 65 percent from the free-throw line in 2017-18 though. Given his performance this season, the highest-paid Magic player carries a hefty price tag of $17 million in 2018-19 and has a player option of $17 million in 2019-20 as well.
Biyombo tallied 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-3 FT), six rebounds and one block in 16 minutes during Monday's 102-86 loss to Milwaukee.
Biyombo finished with 14 points in Monday's loss but saw only 16 minutes of playing time despite the result. He has not performed to the level the Magic would have hoped when he signed his big contract last season and it will be interesting to see where he fits in heading into next season. Khem Birch has played well recently and certainly has a lot more upside than Biyombo. He will not be worth drafting in just about any leagues at this stage.
Biyombo will shift back to the bench for Sunday's game against the Raptors, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Biyombo received the start Friday against the Hornets with Nikola Vucevic (back) sitting out, posting seven points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block across 21 minutes. His workload didn't increase as much as expected, which was slightly disappointing for fantasy owners who took a chance on him. With Vucevic now back and reclaiming a starting role, Biyombo heads to the bench and will likely be stuck with minutes in the teens. As a result, he's likely not someone to rely on for fantasy production Sunday.
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