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NBA rumors: Bismack Biyombo not eyeing starting role

No player did more for his impending free agency in these playoffs than Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo.

After being forced into the starting role following an injury to starter Jonas Valanciunas, Biyombo ended the season averaging 8.2 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks in the final 10 games of the playoff run of the Raptors.

Speculations are rife that Biyombo may ask for more than $15 million this summer, and with the Los Angeles Lakers desperately looking for a talented player to pair with Julius Randle, Biyombo would be an ideal target.

It was reported after the end of the Raptors season that Biyombo would become a free agent. Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reported that Biyombo expressed interest in returning to Toronto:

Biyombo said he's heard Masai say that they'll do "whatever it takes" to bring him back. "I love it up here and I would love to be back"

With Valanciunas already playing in the center spot, a return to the Raptors would mean a backup role for Biyombo. It doesn't seem to bother him via Lewenberg:

Biyombo, when asked if starting is important to him, said: "I just want to win. For me it's about winning. Starting or not starting, it doesn't matter."