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OKC Thunder Rumors: Danilo Gallinari is unlikely to finish the season in Oklahoma City, Steven Adams primed for trade and more

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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:42 IST

#2 Steven Adams is thankful for his time with the Thunder and would accept the organization's decision to trade him

Steven Adams still has two years to run on his existing deal
Steven Adams still has two years to run on his existing deal

Steven Adams has established himself as a firm fan favorite with the OKC fanbase during his six seasons with the team. The 26-year-old's throwback style has earned him a reputation as one of the NBA's toughest players, and he averaged career highs in points (13.9) and rebounds (9.5) during the 2018-19 season.

However, Adams will earn $52 million over the next two seasons and the Kiwi has been linked with a trade to the likes of the Boston Celtics. Despite his desire to stay with the Thunder, Adams told ESPN’s Royce Young that he accepts that trades are part of the game:

"You’re just here to help. And if you can place your brick, whatever you want to call it… then that’s a privilege, you know. That’s just cool. So even if they did trade me, it’s obviously just a huge honor. And I know with every player that’s here, it’s been a huge honor to contribute to the history that Oklahoma is making."

Whether or not Adams leaves ahead of the deadline, he is still expected to play a prominent role for the Thunder during the opening weeks of the season.

Published 11 Oct 2019, 09:14 IST
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