NBA Free Agency 2020: The New Orleans Pelicans and the Oklahoma City Thunder are expanding their Jrue Holiday trade to acquire Steven Adams, according to Shams Charania.
On the opposite end, OKC’s extensive roster rebuild under general manager Sam Presti continues.
Their star point guard Chris Paul is now a Phoenix Sun, Dennis Schroder is a Los Angeles Laker and Danilo Gallinari has left as a free agent to join the Atlanta Hawks. Now, Steven Adams appears on his way out of town.
Four of OKC’s top five scorers from last year’s team will no longer be with the franchise. Their guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander standing as the solitary exception.
The Thunder have acquired massive draft hauls in return, though, and own no fewer than two first-round draft picks each year from 2021-2026. They have a total of 16 draft picks in the next 6 years that have been acquired through trades.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 21, 2020
How good was Steven Adams for Oklahoma City Thunder?
Adams, 27, averaged 10.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 63 games for the 44-28 Thunder, who earned the Western Conference’s fifth playoff seed in 2020 notwithstanding a notable offseason overhaul that saw the departures of All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
The Thunder picked Adams with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, and he has been the team’s starting center for the past six seasons.
Adams just finished the third year of a four-season, $100 million contract. He is owed $27.5 million going in 2020-21.
Oklahoma City’s loss is a gain for the New Orleans Pelicans, as they will be getting a tough, hard-nosed player willing to do the dirty work.