The Oklahoma City Thunder have disappointed us year after year, and not even Paul George could do enough to save this team after following a serious shoulder injury that took a major toll on his game late in the season.
This team obviously has a lot of talent and a sky-high upside, but they just can’t seem to get it together come playoff time. Notably, they’re reportedly trying to go through a major overhaul this season to try and be Championship bound.
That’s why Sam Presti has reportedly made Steven Adams available in trade talks, and while moving a 25 contract may be tough, his youth and defensive expertise make him an intriguing asset. Today, we’ll talk about the top 5 teams that could try and make a run at him:
The Cleveland Cavaliers have waited quite long to move Kevin Love and his massive contract, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they traded him right before the start of this season to continue with their rebuilding process.
So, the Thunder would get a stretch-five ready to contribute to their Championship run in Kevin Love, while the Cavaliers would get a young, athletic, promising player on Hamidou Diallo, plus Steven Adams and a 2nd round pick.
Willie Cauley-Stein has had a lot of ups and downs with the Sacramento Kings, but the talent is definitely there. Still, should he be interested in finding a new home, he could do a sign-and-trade with the Kings and be sent to the Thunder.
That way, the Thunder would clear around 18 million in cap space, as they’d trade away Adams and Jerami Grant for Cauley-Stein and Nemanja Bjelica. The Kings would get a great defensive frontcourt and they’d enough cap flexibility to get more role players.
The Boston Celtics need to find a starting big man right now. They shipped Aron Baynes and are likely to lose Al Horford, so bringing Steven Adams wouldn’t be the worst of ideas, especially for a great defensive-minded coach like Stevens.
Also, they would be better off without Gordon Hayward and his contract, as they’re stacked at the wings right now. They could send Hayward to the Thunder in return for Adams and Diallo, and both teams would be much better afterward.
The Atlanta Hawks are one of the most promising young teams in the world right now, but all great things can get better, can’t they? So, why not put the cherry on top of the sundae with a physical beast to anchor their defense?
Also, the Hawks have enough assets to help the Thunder clear cap space and also keep competing right away, as they could send them Miles Plumlee, Taurean Prince, and a 2nd round pick for Adams, and Grant.
And finally, the Chicago Bulls could try and take a step forward right away towards playoff contention by trading for Steven Adams, as it could also help them get rid of Cristiano Felicio’s awful contract.
That way, the Bulls could target Adams as their new rim protector to pair him with Lauri Markkanen, while also getting Hamidou Diallo to come off the bench. Sadly, they’d have to part ways with Wendell Carter Jr, and a 2nd round pick, but they’d also get Felicio off their books.