The Oklahoma City Thunder surprised many when they acquired Gordon Hayward instead of a big man at the trade deadline. Given their 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.
Biyombo has signed a guaranteed contract through the rest of the season, 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. The addition of Biyombo will provide much-needed size and strength to complement Holmgren’s skill on offense.