EbeneInfo – CA – OKC fans lament likely loss of Steven Adams as Pelicans fill giant hole in roster


Oklahoma City fans were quick to mourn the impending loss of NBA Kiwi star Steven Adams, as pundits predict New Orleans has got a good deal

Reports on Saturday night (New Zealand time) from respected basketball writers Shams Charania (The Athletic) and Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN) said Adams was set to be involved in a deal commercial who would end his seven years at the Thunder and see him link with pelicans

Adams’ decision is part of a four-way deal Earlier in the week, New Orleans traded Jrue Holiday to Milwaukee, which saw the Bucks send in several future draft picks Pelicans-style And in an expansion of this trade, also involved were the Denver Nuggets, who will also send spikes on the way to the Thunder

Adams has become somewhat of a cult hero for the Thunder, since he was acquired by them as the 12th pick in the 2013 Draft, with the 11m 2Center establishing himself as a physical presence on the field but also jovial, with her typically dry sense of humor

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After 530 regular-season games, including 59 playoff appearances – making him 10th all-time in games played for the franchise – Adams transfer comes as the Thunder rebuild their roster

They have already traded All Star Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns 10 times and transferred their other point guard Dennis Schroder to the Los Angeles Lakers in recent days. Former Thunder coach Billy Donovan has also joined the Chicago Bulls with assistant Mark Daigneault promoted to OKC head coach

Adams has one season remaining on his four-year contract, but with a value of US $ 275 million OKC considers the collection of draft picks more valuable

With his imminent departure, Thunder fans were quick to pay tribute to the New Zealander’s stint in their squad

« Steven Adams reads all those Thunder fan tweets and says ‘I’m not dead mate’ which makes us laugh and then we cry again »

In New Orleans, Adams set to team up with last season’s first pick Zion Williamson in the pre-starting zone, and pundits predict the Pelicans have won a lot

Adams’ ex-teammate Kendrick Perkins, who now works with ESPN, tweeted the move was’ a great choice ‘for the Pelicans, while Jeremy Woo, a Sports Illustrated reporter, was equally optimistic

« With Adams, the Pelicans are directly addressing two of last season’s main concerns: defensive rebound and rim protection, » Woo wrote

« There might not be a better player out there in that regard, Adams, 27, having deftly grounded playoff-caliber teams for each of the past five seasons

« Adams’ tally stats will never fully reflect how much of an impact he has on a player, but he’s almost universally respected for his commitment to doing the dirty work.

« The Pelicans instantly become a bigger team physically and hope he sets the tone for their younger players »

Adams won’t be the first Kiwi influence among the Pelicans, with Sean Marks having played 74 games for them between 2008-2010 when they were known as the New Orleans Hornets, while New Zealand Breakers guard Corey Webster spent a preseason there in 2015

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EbeneInfo – California – OKC fans lament the likely loss of Steven Adams as the Pelicans complete a giant hole in the list

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/basketball/300164789/okc-fans-lament-steven-adams-likely-loss-as-pelicans-fill-giant-hole-in-roster

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