3 immediate benefits of Thunder signing veteran big Mike Muscala

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2. Adds much-needed size

Though the Thunder wound up striking on an impressive low-risk, high-reward deal at the February 8 trade cutoff that landed Gordon Hayward for a few role players and two future second-round picks, many fans came away from the deadline a bit underwhelmed by the fact that the front office didn't add any size to their rotation.

Aside from 7-foot-1 rookie phenom Chet Holmgren, OKC has a rather small regular rotation, with just two players total measuring in at 6-foot-10 or taller.

With this, many were hoping to see Sam Presti and company strike a trade for a size upgrade to add to their frontcourt arsenal though, as we all know, this wound up not being in their plans.

Fast forward about a month later, however, and we see that they've finally addressed this need without parting ways with anything in the process with this signing of Muscala.

Not only will his 6-foot-10 height and 7-foot wingspan provide the Thunder with much-needed vertical length, but his weight of 240 pounds also provides size on a horizontal level as well which, considering their primary "big" is Holmgren (195 pounds soaking wet), this could come to be a major plus when it comes to the increase in physical demand that the postseason often requires.