As per the latest reports, The Oklahoma City Thunder is about to seal a crucial part of their team. They are making progress on talks with Steven Adams for an extension of 4 years at asking price of $100 million. In case the deal is fixed in these terms, it would be similar to the deal that Milwaukee Bucks reached with Giannis Antetokounmpo. As per the critics, this is seen as a major win situation for the Thunder as anything less than peak price is a good deal.
Adams’ spokesperson has been trying to keep it quiet and quick. At the playoffs in last season, Adams showed the world that he would do anything that the team expects him. Although he is not a very good shot blocker, Adams compensate it with his clever defense and swiftness when guarding smaller players. However, he is one among the best in the league at dealing with pick-and-roll situations.
Following the event of Kevin Durant signing a deal with Golden State Warriors, 23-year old Adams became one of the key players in Oklahoma City apart from Victor Oladipo. He is one of the best men in the league as he seems to be taking more shot attempts. He averages about 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games this season.
On the other hand, Oladipo is in conversation with the Thunder for an extension of about $80 million range. He has played just three games for the Oklahoma, but the 24-year-old shows enough potential to the team for investment in him. He is currently averaging 17 points, 2.3 assists, and 3.7 rebounds in this season.
As the deadline for contracts ends on Monday midnight, Oklahoma City would want to get done with both the deals. The last complication in doing so is that it will leave the front office with slight flexibility before going in free.