We all know the Oklahoma City Thunder ended an era when they decided to trade Paul George and Russell Westbrook during the summer, getting some young pieces and draft picks in the process, but it doesn’t look like they are done doing business with their veteran players.
Thunder big man Steven Adams was linked with several rumors over the summer, suggesting he was the next player to be traded by the team. After Westbrook and George left the team, Adam was expected to follow their footsteps and end his time with OKC, but that never happened.
Well, at least until this week, when Adams has been linked again in trade rumors. According to Sean Deveney of Heavy, the Thunder are exploring ways to trade Adams, just like they’ve been doing with Chris Paul.
Just with Paul, though, the Thunder have two problems in moving Adams, the price is too high and his contract is too hefty. Besides, Adams’ struggles with 3-pointers made things more complex for him and his team.
“They set the price too high,” one league executive told Heavy. “That’s what you’d expect and maybe it will drop as the year goes on. It’s tough to take on his contract (two years, $53 million remaining) and give up picks and players. Most teams are pretty well set at the center spot now, you have a big guy and you have your small lineup. You can’t just take on a contract like that. There isn’t a big number of teams who could take him.”
If he remains with the team after the season starts, Adams might increase his value, which would make things easier for OKC. Oklahoma will have a new offense and Adams will be needed. Working in pick and rolls with Paul could mean more scoring for the big man, who averaged 14.9 points last year.