NBA Draft Rumors: Raptors To Pick Bismack Biyombo At No. 5

Bismack Biyombo could be the Toronto Raptors' pick at No. 5 in Thursday's 2011 NBA Draft, according to Chad Ford. Biyombo's stock has bounced around recently, and the Raptors had been considered a possibility along with Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight and San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard.

Biyombo, a 6'9 forward-center from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was reportedly the target of the Charlotte Bobcats' trade to move up to the No. 7 spot. In that deal, the Bobcats gave up Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and the No. 19 pick and took back Corey Maggette. The Milwaukee Bucks gave the No. 10 pick to the Sacramento Kings, and those teams swapped Beno Udrih and John Salmons.

The Bobcats have no starting-level center on the roster, but do have Tyrus Thomas locked up to a long-term deal and Boris Diaw under contract.

See our 2011 NBA Draft hub for full coverage of the draft, trades and the aftermath on Friday.

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