The Oklahoma City Thunder made a surprising move at the trade deadline by acquiring Gordon Hayward instead of a big man. 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. This led to the signing of free-agent center Bismack Biyombo by the Thunder. 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 Thunder strengthened their frontcourt presence by signing Biyombo to a guaranteed contract through the rest of the season. He agreed to a veteran minimum deal with the aim of solidifying their playoff prospects in a tough Western Conference.