Bismack Biyombo has reportedly agreed a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors, league sources said.
Although the Democratic Republic of Congo native was a restricted free-agent, the Charlotte Hornets – his former employers – declined to tender him a qualifying offer.
At the time, the 22-year-old took to his twitter to “appreciate the fans in charlotte,” wishing them the best.
“I’m exited and look forward to my new home,” he wrote.
The six-foot-nine centre, known for his defensive game, is expected to join the Canadian franchise as a backup centre to Lithuanian Jonas Valanciunas.
Biyombo, who was the seventh overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings before his rights were traded to Charlotte, has played 284 games in four seasons for the Hornets, averaging 6.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 4.4 points per game.
The Congolese joins forward former San Antonio guard Kory Joseph as well as Atlanta Hawks DeMarre Carroll to agree to a deal with the Raptors.
Biyombo’s is a name that NBA fans in Africa will be hoping to see take part in the upcoming NBA Africa Game to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 1 August.
The exhibition game will see Team Africa – captained by South Sudan native Luol Deng – taking on Chris Paul-led Team World.
Full rosters for the game are yet to be confirmed.