It looks as if Steven Adams’ time as an Oklahoma City Thunder will be coming to an end soon. As reported earlier by Sean Deveney, the Thunder “are seeking a draft pick, a young player and salary relief” for Steven Adams.
Adams has been a great center for the Thunder thus far and just had his best season as a pro last season where he averaged 13.9 points and 9.5 rebounds and played in all but 2 games for the Thunder.
Steven Adams just turned 26 in July and can provide a ton for any team that is interested in him. Here are two teams that should look to trade for Steven Adams.
Steven Adams looks to be the type of player that the Bulls are missing. Jim Boylen, the Chicago Bulls coach, loves a gritty, hard-working player and Adams is that. For the Bulls, Adams would provide great rebounding and interior defense. He is an excellent screen-setter and is someone who excels at offensive rebounding. Those extra possessions would be key for the Bulls and Steven could be the player that propels them to the playoffs.
A potential Stevens Adams trade would be Wendell Carter Jr., Denzel Valentine, Kris Dunn, and Thaddeus Young in exchange for Steven Adams and a 2nd round pick. Now, this trade may look as if the Bulls are giving up a lot but let me explain.
Wendell Carter Jr. is someone who the Bulls value but isn’t untouchable. Wendell has dealt with plenty of injuries in his first season and it looks as if it will take him a few seasons to reach his full potential. Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine are both decent NBA players and it looks as if the Bulls are looking to move on from them as seen by their offseason moves.
For the Bulls, as stated above, they will be getting a gritty player who isn’t afraid to throw his body around and would be a wonderful pick-and-roll player with Zach LaVine and Coby White. For the Thunder, they would be receiving a Wendall Carter, Kris Dunn, and Denzel Valentine to add to the young talent currently on their roster. Thaddeus Young would be a veteran presence and most importantly, they would be getting off of Steven Adams’ large contract.
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are a team that always looks to contend, as seen by the moves they made over the past two offseasons. In 2018, they had the opportunity to rebuild and trade Kawhi Leonard for young talent but instead opted to trade him for DeMar DeRozan. Recently, they also went and added vets in DeMarre Carroll and Trey Lyles and resigned Rudy Gay which further proves the point. Trading for Steven Adams would give them a player just entering their prime and would also give them a player to potentially propel them to the playoffs.
A potential Steven Adams trade would be Rudy Gay, Marco Belinelli, Jakob Poeltl, and Lonnie Walker in exchange for Steven Adams. This trade makes sense as for the Spurs, Rudy Gay looks expendable now as they went out and signed DeMarre Carroll and Trey Lyles. Also, Lonnie Walker and Jakob Poeltl look to be assets for the Spurs rather than players to potentially build around.
For the Spurs, you would be getting a good/great NBA center in their prime to pair alongside LaMarcus Aldridge to form a nice frontcourt. This pairing alongside DeMar DeRozan, Dejounte Murray, and Derrick White with the depth that this team has, and the coaching of Gregg Popovich would create a team that would certainly make the playoffs, barring any injuries.
For the Thunder, you would be receiving young players in Lonnie Walker and Jakob Poeltl to add on to the young talent on your team in Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, and Terrance Ferguson. Similar to the Bulls trade, Rudy Gay and Marco Belinelli would provide the team with a veteran presence and once again, you would be getting off of Steven Adams’ large contract.