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