In a surprising move, the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Gordon Hayward instead of a big man during the trade deadline. Given their potential deep playoff run in a competitive Western Conference, it seemed logical for them to prioritize bolstering their frontcourt.
Despite his impressive skills, rookie Chet Holmgren can be overpowered physically, making it imperative for the Thunder to add size and strength to their frontcourt. This led to the signing of free-agent center Bismack Biyombo by the Thunder, as reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Biyombo may not contribute much offensively but he brings valuable defensive skills, rim protection, rebounding, and bulk in the paint. He previously played 30 games for the Memphis Grizzlies this season, starting 27 games due to injuries on the team, before being waived a month ago. With the Thunder, he is expected to play important regular season and playoff minutes.
The move was aimed at strengthening the Thunder’s frontcourt presence and solidifying their playoff prospects in a tough Western Conference. Biyombo has signed a guaranteed contract through the rest of the season, agreeing to a veteran minimum deal.