Thunder trade Steven Adams to Pelicans

Tanya Simon
November 23, 2020

Oklahoma City acquired veteran big man Al Horford earier this week, raising doubts about Adams' future with the side.

The 12th overall pick in the 2013 Draft, Adams averaged 10.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks for Oklahoma City last season.

The Thunder have always been rumored to be shopping Adams, but the four-year, $100 million extension he signed in 2016 made that hard in past seasons.

Adams, 27, has one year remaining on his initial four-year contract - worth $US27.5 million per year - before becoming a free agent.

According to multiple reports, New Orleans is finalizing a deal to acquire longtime Thunder center Steven Adams. That is the same deal that sent Jrue Holiday to the Bucks for a cache of draft assets in return. "Talks are moving toward a possible four-team trade", Wojnarowski tweeted.

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Adams has spent his entire National Basketball Association career with the Thunder since he was drafted in 2013, playing 530 regular season and 59 playoff games, but with the Thunder rebuilding their roster for the future with an emphasis on collecting draft picks, Adams - and his US$27.5 million contract for the upcoming 2020-21 season - has become less valuable. Oklahoma City has been in teardown mode ever since.

Sources: The Steven Adams-to-Pelicans trade includes Denver, which traded a 2023 lottery protected first-round pick for the 24th pick (RJ Hampton) on draft night.

Just as news of Adams' trade broke, the Thunder agreed to another three-team deal.

That version also included a pair of first-round pick swaps (in 2024 and 2026).

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