Report: Oklahoma City Thunder Sign Steven Adams to Extension

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MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 03: Steven Adams (L) of the Oklahoma City Thunder is in action against Gustavo Ayon (R) of Real Madrid during the basketball match between Oklahoma City Thunder and Real Madrid as part of the 2016 Global Games at the Barclaycard Center in Madrid, Spain on October 03, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Oklahoma City Thunder have several key players hitting the free-agent market this summer. However, they have now essentially reached a deal to keep one their key free agents, center Steven Adams. The Thunder and Adams agreed on a four-year, $100 million extension on Monday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical:

Thunder Sign Steven Adams to Contract Extension

Wojnarowski reported earlier on Monday afternoon that the Thunder and Adams were gaining traction in extension talks:

Now that the deal is official, it will make Adams the second-highest paid player on the Thunder in the 2017-18 season.

With the departure of Kevin Durant via free agency, the Thunder are prioritizing keeping their core together. Adams is a big part of that core. He is a defensive anchor in the paint; he can rebound the basketball, is a shot blocker, and is one of the best interior defenders in the league. However, Adams’ numbers don’t necessarily back up the hefty deal.

Adams has never averaged more than 8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in a season, but his impact on this team will be greater going forward. With Durant gone and Russell Westbrook back for at least two more years, Adams is arguably the Thunder’s second-most valuable player. Albeit the hefty sum, this deal will keep the defensive-minded Adams in Oklahoma City for the long run.

 

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