Steven Adams gives Pelicans the defensive wall they need

Steven Adams

Adams is reported to be involved in a trade deal which would send him from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the New Orleans Pelicans.

New Orleans and Milwaukee are expanding the original Jrue Holiday trade to include more teams and players, including the routing of Steven Adams to the Pelicans, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. At the same time, Wojnarowski shared that the Pelicans are keeping Eric Bledsoe in the trade with the Thunder.

The Thunder will receive Charlotte's 2023 second round pick and Washingotn's 2024 second round pick.

The NBA rumour mill has been swirling over the past couple of days, with the future of Steven Adams up in the air as the Oklahoma City Thunder undergo a complete personnel reshuffle.

The 27-year-old Adams averaged 10.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks for Oklahoma City last season. He is entering the final season of a four-year, $100-million contract that he signed in 2016.

A video shared by sports reporter Dylan Buckingham showed what playing in Oklahoma, one of the smallest markets in the National Basketball Association, means to the Kiwi while other media members added their takes on the planned move.

New Orleans would pair Adams with Zion Williamson, forming one of the most intimidating interior tandems in the league.

New Orleans has had a New Zealand influence in their team before, with Sean Marks playing 79 games over two seasons from 2008-2010, when the franchise was known as the New Orleans Hornets.



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