The Oklahoma City Thunder made a surprising move at the trade deadline by acquiring Gordon Hayward instead of a big man. Given the Thunder’s potential deep playoff run in a competitive Western Conference, it seemed logical for them to prioritize bolstering their frontcourt. Rookie Chet Holmgren, despite his skill, can be overpowered physically, making it important for the Thunder to add size and strength.
To address this need, the Thunder signed free-agent center Bismack Biyombo. 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 signing of Biyombo was aimed at strengthening the Thunder’s frontcourt presence and solidifying their playoff prospects in a tough Western Conference. Biyombo has agreed to a veteran minimum deal through the rest of the season, guaranteeing that he will remain with the team until at least next season. This move is seen as an important step towards building a strong and competitive team that can contend for championships in years to come.