The Oklahoma City Thunder made a surprising move during the trade deadline by acquiring Gordon Hayward instead of a big man. Despite having a rookie center Chet Holmgren on their team, the Thunder’s potential deep playoff run in the competitive Western Conference meant that they needed to prioritize strengthening their frontcourt.
This led to the signing of free-agent center Bismack Biyombo by the Thunder. While Biyombo may not contribute much offensively, he brings valuable defensive skills, rim protection, rebounding, and bulk in the paint. Previously, he played 30 games for the Memphis Grizzlies this season before being waived a month ago due to injuries on the team.
With the Thunder, Biyombo is expected to play important regular season and playoff minutes as they aim to solidify 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. This move is aimed at strengthening the Thunder’s frontcourt presence and solidifying their playoff prospects in a tough Western Conference.