Thunder Trade Steven Adams To The Pelicans

Ross Houston
November 21, 2020

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said a possible four-team trade including the Thunder, New Orleans and Milwaukee might see Adams move while The Athletic's Shams Charnia wrote on Twitter that New Orleans were finalising a deal to acquire Adams.

After seven seasons with the Thunder, the Kiwi star is reportedly set to be traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Altogether, the Thunder are getting George Hill, Darius Miller, a 2023 protected first-round pick from the Denver Nuggets, and second-round picks. In return for Adams, the Thunder are receiving a future first-round pick and second-round picks, Wojnarowski reports.

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.

Adams appeared in 63 games for the Thunder last season, averaging 10.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks while helping Oklahoma City make a surprise run to the playoffs. It just didn't have anything to do with signing free agents. To begin the offseason, the Thunder sent Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for first-round picks, Ricky Rubio, and Kelly Oubre.

New Orleans would pair Adams with Zion Williamson, forming one of the most intimidating interior tandems in the league.

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