Suns announce signings of Okogie, Lee, Biyombo

The Phoenix Suns signed guards Josh Okogie and Damion Lee and re-signed center Bismack Biyombo, the team announced Tuesday.

The contracts for Okogie, Lee, and Biyombo are reportedly one-year deals.

Okogie did not receive a qualifying offer from Minnesota and became an unrestricted free agent.

Last season, the 23-year-old averaged 2.7 points per contest. In his first four NBA seasons, all with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he averaged 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 244 games, including 123 starts. The 6-4 guard has 60 career games scoring in double figures and 57 career games with multiple steals.

The Nigerian native is a Nigerian men’s national team member and entered the NBA as the 20th overall pick by the Timberwolves in the 2018 NBA Draft. He attended high school in Georgia and played on the national AAU circuit with Team CP3.

Lee (6-5, 210 pounds) played the last four seasons with the Golden State Warriors, winning an NBA Championship with the team last month. He appeared in 63 games for the Warriors this past regular season, averaging 7.4 points on 44.1% from the field and 88.0% from the free-throw line, plus 3.2 rebounds in 19.9 minutes. The 29-year-old also played in 16 postseason games during Golden State’s playoff run.

A five-year NBA veteran, Lee holds career averages of 8.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 216 games with the Warriors and the Atlanta Hawks.Lee made his NBA debut with Atlanta in 2018 and began playing professionally with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League in the 2016-17 season.

Biyombo (6-8, 255 pounds) first signed with the Suns on January 1 last season and played in 36 games, averaging 5.8 rebounds on 59.3% shooting plus 4.6 rebounds in 14.1 minutes.

He recorded six double-doubles and 10 games scoring in double figures, including a season-high 21 points to go with 13 rebounds and five assists on Jan. 22 vs. Indiana. Biyombo also appeared in nine playoff games this past postseason.

An 11-year NBA veteran, Biyombo has played in 738 career games, making 310 starts, with Charlotte, Toronto, Orlando, and the Suns, holding career averages of 5.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks. Biyombo has also appeared in 32 career playoff games, averaging 4.9 points on 59.3% shooting plus 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks;

The 29-year-old was originally the seventh overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft by Sacramento before being traded to Charlotte on draft night.

Biyombo gave Phoenix decent minutes last season. Depending on what happens with Deandre Ayton, he could have a more significant role with this team. Lee brings some scoring off the bench, and Okogie is a solid defender.