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Bismack Biyombo agrees to re-sign with Phoenix Suns

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that Bismack Biyombo agreed to re-sign with the Phoenix Suns on Saturday morning.

Biyombo was a valuable depth center for Phoenix last season, averaging 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.

The Suns signed Biyombo to a 10-day hardship exemption contract at the start of the new year in response to the league’s COVID-19 outbreak, which compelled teams to sign free agents in order to have enough active players.

Biyombo joined the Suns during a time when Deandre Ayton, JaVale McGee, Frank Kaminsky, and Dario Saric were unavailable due to illness or injury.

The 29-year-old immediately demonstrated why he has played 11 NBA seasons by scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds in his Suns debut on January 2 and 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and three blocks in 29 minutes two days later.

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Biyombo developed an instant rapport with Suns point guard Chris Paul in pick-and-roll situations, where he quickly surpassed second-year center Jalen Smith in the rotation.

A week later, the Suns used their final roster spot to officially sign Biyombo for the remainder of the season. This proved to be a wise decision, as Biyombo offered a more mobile defensive alternative to McGee. Biyombo performed admirably when called upon by head coach Monty Williams in specific matchups.

Biyombo had not signed with a team as of August because he was still grieving the loss of his father. Biyombo had played his final season with the Charlotte Hornets the season prior. Biyombo stated that he rejected other offers while he waited for the right fit to come along at the right time, and he felt that Phoenix was that team.

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