Bismack Biyombo, Hornets Reportedly Agree to New Contract in 2020 Free Agency

Joseph Zucker
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CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 26:  Bismack Biyombo #8 of the Charlotte Hornets looks on during the game against the New York Knicks on February 26, 2020 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 26: Bismack Biyombo #8 of the Charlotte Hornets looks on during the game against the New York Knicks on February 26, 2020 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Veteran center Bismack Biyombo will reportedly return to the Charlotte Hornets after agreeing to a new deal Sunday, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Relatively speaking, the 28-year-old was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the NBA's salary-cap spike during the 2016 offseason.

While appearing in every game in 2015-16 for the Toronto Raptors, he made just 22 starts. However, a solid postseason (6.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks), coupled with the league's financial climate, helped him get a four-year, $72 million contract with the Orlando Magic.

The Magic quickly came to regret the decision as the cap leveled off the following summer, and spending $17 million annually on a serviceable center proved to be an unwise investment.

In short, that kind of money wasn't going to be sitting around for Biyombo, who spent the last two years with the Hornets.

Focusing solely on his contract obscured the value he delivered on the court for Charlotte in 2019-20. He averaged 7.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks over 19.4 minutes per night. He remained limited offensively but made an impact on the boards and as a defender inside the restricted area.

ESPN.com ranked Biyombo 17th among centers in defensive real plus-minus (plus-1.96).

One of his standout performances came in a 102-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 27, when he shot 8-of-11 from the field for 19 points and collected nine rebounds.

Even in an era when traditional big men reigned supreme, Biyombo's lack of range and post moves would limit his overall ceiling. According to Basketball Reference, 59.7 percent of his shot attempts have come inside three feet or fewer.

His defense ensures he can be effective in the right role, and his somewhat smaller frame (6'8" and 255 pounds) allows him to hold his own when he's forced to guard shooters away from the basket. According to NBA.com, he held opponents to 30.7 percent on three-pointers.

Cody Zeller has one year and $15.4 million left on his current deal with Charlotte. His expiring contract could make him a trade asset for teams willing to take on short-term money or looking to strengthen their frontcourt.

For now, it looks like the Hornets are content to run things back at center with Zeller the starter and Biyombo coming off the bench.