Congo forward Bismack Biyombo was a late invitee Thursday to the NBA draft’s green room, an indication he could land in the lottery, but according to league sources, Biyombo doesn’t have a letter of clearance from FIBA, the international basketball governing body, and is subject to a buyout.
Biyombo can’t sign an NBA contract until the matter is cleared up.
Sources said Biyombo’s name was on a list sent out by the NBA Wednesday detailing players who were subject to a buyout. Teams have investigated and concluded that Biyombo would owe roughly $1.5 million, possibly equal to his NBA rookie contract, to get out of his deal with Spanish team Fuenlabrada.
This news could mean a lot different things for the Pistons.
Maybe trading down with Houston becomes more desirable. But if the Rockets wanted to trade up to draft Biyombo, maybe that offer is no longer available.
Maybe Tristan Thompson (or insert player in the 4-14 range of your choosing) is more likely to be the pick now.
Maybe the Pistons will draft Biyombo, anyway.
I’m curious whether Detroit, and other teams, already knew about this issue with Biyombo. If not, everyone is probably scrambling right now.