Chet Holmgren has hilarious reaction to Thunder signing Isaiah Hartenstein

Chet Holmgren crafted a hilarious message to Isaiah Hartenstein on social media after Thunder signed the big man in NBA Free Agency.
New York Knicks v Oklahoma City Thunder
New York Knicks v Oklahoma City Thunder / Joshua Gateley/GettyImages

On day two of NBA Free Agency, the OKC Thunder made headlines with their decision to sign veteran big Isaiah Hartenstein to a three-year, $87 million deal.

Despite finishing in the top seed in the Western Conference standings and embarking on their first deep playoff run in nearly a decade, Oklahoma City proved to be a team with numerous weaknesses, the most noteworthy of which being their lack of size up front which played a major role in their ultimate demise against the Dallas Mavericks in round-two of the postseason.

The 7-foot, 249-pound Hartenstein's arrival is expected to directly address this dire need for vertical improvements, and his new frontcourt counterpart, Chet Holmgren, seems to be quite excited about his addition to the rotation, as he issued a hilarious "welcome aboard" type of message on his personal X account.

Chet Holmgren crafts hilarious message after Thunder sign Hartenstein

The usage of the term "bright-skin" is a direct quote of Hartenstein's from a previous appearance on the Roommates Show, hosted by the big's former Knicks teammates Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart.

Both Holmgren and Hartenstein find themselves coming off tremendous 2023-24 campaigns, with the former finishing second in the running for Rookie of the Year with 16.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game while the latter registered career-highs of 7.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.1 blocks a night.

With the two now in tow, the Thunder have the third (Holmgren) and seventh (Hartenstein) best rim protectors in the league from an opponent field goal perspective and could potentially roll out a starting unit with two players measuring in at 7 feet or taller.

To say this new towering duo has the makings of becoming a real issue for opposing frontcourts to square off against on either side of the ball next season is a real understatement.