Bismack Biyombo Pays $1.5 Million Buyout Clause to Join Charlotte Bobcats

Sam CooperCorrespondent IIIDecember 19, 2011

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 23:  Bismack Biyombo from the Congo greets NBA Commissioner David Stern after he was picked #7 overall by the Sacramento Kings in the first round during the 2011 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center on June 23, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  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.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Bismack Biymobo, the seventh pick in this year's NBA draft, has just shown some serious dedication to the Charlotte Bobcats and the NBA.

According to the Associated Press, Biyombo has agreed to reach into his own wallet and pay the $1.5 million buyout clause in order to play for the Bobcats this season. 

Biyombo originally signed during the lockout with the Spanish club Fuenlabrada for the next two seasons with a $1.5 million buyout clause. After the lockout ended, the $1.5 million was not a number that Fuenlabrada would back off of, and the Bobcats could only pay $500,000 due to NBA rules.

Biyombo tried both negotiations and a civil lawsuit to get a lower buyout but failed on both accounts. So the money will come out of his pocket and go straight back to Spain, showing great dedication. Not too many players would pay a million dollars just to go to the NBA. 

The 19-year-old Congo native is 6'9'' with a huge, 7'7'' wing span. He was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft and is an athletic, defensive-minded big man who is going to get a lot of minutes.

Kwame Brown has left for the Warriors, and in desperation the Bobcats were going to play Boris Diaw at center for big minutes. Now that could change. The Bobcats are going to train Biyombo and get him ready for the NBA as fast as possible. They need him to provide big minutes, and the faster he comes along the better they will be.