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.
Biyombo totaled seven points (3-10 FG, 1-4 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and one block across 21 minutes during Friday's 137-100 loss to the Hornets.
Biyombo made his second straight start with Niokla Vucevic (back) sidelined, and although he endured a tough night at the offensive end, he led the team in rebounding again. The big man hadn't scored more than six points or pulled down more than five rebounds in any of his previous five games as a reserve, so his role should diminish if and when Vucevic is able to return. This could occur as soon as Sunday's tilt with the Raptors.
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