Continuing to add to their quickly crowded front court, the Orlando Magic formally announced the signing of big man Bismack Biyombo on Thursday. Per team policies, terms of the deal were not announced. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Saturday that the deal would be for four-years and $72 million.
Biyombo, 23, took the league by storm of sorts, putting together a set of impressive performances in the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Across his five years in the league, Biyombo has proven to be one of the leagues better rim protectors. However, his limited offensive game -- he's averaged a mere 4.6 points per game for his career -- is an issue for a team that is already somewhat limited on the offensive side.
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan had this to say about Biyombo in a release from the team.
Bismack (Biyombo) is a tremendous competitor and athlete who excels on the defensive end of the floor. He proved during the playoffs that he can rebound and protect the rim at an elite level, and he will bring toughness and winning fiber to our frontcourt. We are confident that his best basketball is ahead of him and we’re extremely excited to welcome him to the Orlando Magic family.
With the Magic still looking to have a defensive identity, adding Biyombo makes sense, especially with the increased importance of rim protection and ability to switch on the perimeter.
Biyombo's role with the team will be interesting, with other options in the front court, their highest paid player could be coming off the bench.