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Bismack Biyombo exercises player option for 2019-2020 season

Smart move.

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Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo exercised his player option today, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

This will keep Biyombo on the roster through the 2019-2020 season, unless of course the team opts to move him in some manner. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Hornets try to move his expiring contract to clear space under the luxury tax for Kemba Walker’s max contract. He’s also a candidate for the stretch provision.

The stretch provision allows teams to release players and spread the remaining money owed over a certain time frame. Since this is the last year of Biyombo’s contract, the Hornets would have to do this by August 31. If they do, it’ll stretch his $17 million contract over the next three seasons ($5.67 million per year).

Biyombo averaged 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Hornets this season. He played sparingly until Cody Zeller’s problematic knee forced head coach James Borrego to go deeper into his rotation. Biyombo’s defensive prowess helped earned him playing time over Willy Hernangomez and Frank Kaminsky, who both have had their fair share of issues on that side of the court.