The Oklahoma City Thunder made a surprising move at the trade deadline by acquiring Gordon Hayward instead of a big man. Given their potential big playoff run in a competitive Western Conference, it seemed logical for them to prioritize strengthening their frontcourt. Despite his skill, rookie Chet Holmgren can be physically overpowered, which is why the Thunder needed to add size and strength.
This led to the Thunder signing free agent Bismack Biyombo, who was previously reported by Shams Charania of the Athletics. Biyombo may not contribute much offensively, but he brings valuable defensive skills, rim protection, rebounding, and bulk in the paint. He played 30 games for the Memphis Grizzlies this season before sitting out a month ago. With the Thunder, he is expected to play important minutes in the regular season and playoffs.
Biyombo signed a guaranteed contract through the end of the season after agreeing to a veteran’s minimum contract. The move aims to bolster the Thunder’s frontcourt presence and solidify their playoff prospects in the tough Western Conference.