Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Magic signs playoff star Biyombo

Bismack Biyombo is on his way to Orlando to form a menacing new frontcourt with Serge Ibaka.

The Magic and Biyombo agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

Biyombo is coming off a breakout year in Toronto. His numbers don't jump off the page — 5.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks in a bench role — but he started to show more of the athleticism, toughness and shot-blocking instincts that caused him to rocket up the draft board five years ago.

Biyombo was the seventh overall pick in 2011, acquired by Charlotte in a draft-night deal with Sacramento. But he never made much impact in four years there, and some started to label him a bust.

In this year's playoffs, however, he was superb, helping the Raptors advance to the Eastern Conference final.

When Jonas Valanciunas was injured against Miami in the conference semifinals, Biyombo started and was a force. He had 17 points and 16 rebounds in Toronto's Game 7 victory. He followed that with 26 rebounds and four blocks in a Game 3 victory over Cleveland in the conference final.

Orlando acquired Serge Ibaka from Oklahoma City in a draft-night trade.

CELTICS SIGN HORFORD: Prized free agent center Al Horford agreed to terms on a four-year, $113 million deal with Boston. The former Gator made his decision after spending two days meeting with the Wizards, Celtics and Hawks, the team that drafted him. A four-time All-Star, Horford, 30, averaged 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds for Atlanta last season.

MORE FREE AGENTS: The Lakers and forward Luol Deng agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract. Deng, 31, averaged 12.3 points and 6.0 rebounds for Miami last season. … The Hornets agreed to terms with the forward Marvin Williams on a four-year deal worth $54 million. Williams, 30, averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds for Charlotte last season. … Power forward Ryan Anderson, 28, agreed to a four-year, $80 million contract with the Rockets. … The Pistons and forward Jon Leuer, 27, agreed on a four-year, $42 million contract. … The Mavericks intend to sign restricted free agent forward Harrison Barnes, 24, to a four-year maximum offer sheet on the first day they're able, espn.com reported.

ON THE MARKET: Forward Kevin Durant met with the Spurs and the Celtics. The Thunder star is set to meet with the Heat today. … Miami guard Dwyane Wade, 34, is being heavily pursued by the Bulls, Mavericks, Nuggets and Bucks with offers of two and three years in length and upward of $20 million per season.

LATE FRIDAY: Former Florida star Joakim Noah and the Knicks agreed to a four-year deal worth $72 million. Noah, 31, a New York native, has spent his entire career with the Bulls.

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