Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is finalizing a four-year, $100 million extension with the team, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This news comes on the heels of the Thunder’s four-year, $84 million extension for guard Victor Oladipo.
The Thunder drafted Adams 12th overall in 2013 after acquiring the pick as part of the infamous James Harden trade. The New Zealander out of Pitt has steadily improved over the course of his young career, and he really came into his own during Oklahoma City’s run to the brink of the NBA Finals last season.
After averaging 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 61.3 percent from the field in the regular season, the 23-year-old upped those numbers to 10.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in the postseason. He also matched that 61.3 percent shooting mark in the playoffs.
Adams’ role has increased even more this year with the departure of Serge Ibaka via trade. The 7-footer is averaging 13.0 points and 9.0 boards in 35 minutes per contest, and he’s taking 12 shots per game, which is more than double last year’s number. He has developed a nice rapport with Russell Westbrook, who’s gotten off to a historic start this season.
With both Adams and Oladipo locked up to new long-term contracts, Oklahoma City now has over $85 million guaranteed to those two, Westbrook and Enes Kanter for next season. The Thunder as currently constructed won’t have the cap space to be major players in free agency next summer, but Kanter and his near-$18 million deal for next season could be trade bait in order to clear room.