Thunder Trading Steven Adams To Pelicans

9:00am: Wojnarowski has another update on this deal, reporting (via Twitter) that George Hill will indeed end up with the Thunder rather than the Pelicans. New Orleans will also send Oklahoma City Darius Miller‘s $7MM expiring contract, Washington’s 2023 second-round pick, and Charlotte’s 2024 second-round pick, Woj adds.

New Orleans is still acquiring Bledsoe in the multi-team trade, per Woj (Twitter link), so Miller’s contract will likely need to become fully guaranteed for salary-matching purposes and the Pelicans will still probably have to send out a bit more salary. So I expect there are still more parts of this deal to be reported.

ESPN’s Bobby Marks notes (via Twitter) that Adams may also need to amend his trade kicker to make the money work.


12:41am: The lottery-protected 2023 first-round pick that the Nuggets agreed to send to the Pelicans on draft night in order to land RJ Hampton will be rerouted to Oklahoma City as part of this deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). The Thunder will also receive two future second-round picks from New Orleans, per ESPN.


12:00am: Having already traded away guards Chris Paul and Dennis Schröder, the Thunder are now finalizing a trade that will send veteran center Steven Adams to the Pelicans, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

The deal is becoming a part of the Jrue Holiday blockbuster that New Orleans and the Bucks previously agreed upon, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports (via Twitter) that the Holiday trade will expand to include more teams and players. It still has “a lot of moving parts” and will take some work to finish, tweets Wojnarowski.

The Thunder will be receiving a first-round pick and second-round picks as part of the expanded swap, per Woj (Twitter link).

While it’s tricky to evaluate the deal before we know all those moving parts, we can at least break down Adams’ fit in New Orleans. He’ll fill the hole in the frontcourt created by the free agent departures of Derrick Favors and Jahlil Okafor earlier this evening. The Pelicans were said to have interest in Aron Baynes, among other big men, but it looks like Adams will be the team’s new man in the middle.

In 2019/20, Adams averaged 10.9 PPG, 9.3 RPG, and 2.3 APG in 63 games (26.7 MPG) as Oklahoma City’s starting center. His contract is somewhat onerous, with a $27.5MM cap hit for 2020/21. However, it’ll be an expiring deal and will come off the Pelicans’ cap next summer.

With the Pelicans now taking on Adams’ salary, it seems likely that at least one of the point guards they were set to receive in the Holiday trade – Eric Bledsoe and George Hill – will be rerouted elsewhere — most likely to OKC.

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43 thoughts on “Thunder Trading Steven Adams To Pelicans

          • hiflew

            Why would I try again? It still makes sense and now Hayes will be relegated to the bench if he is not dealt. Seems like a waste of a resource to me.

            • Tatsumaki

              How is it a waste? He is young and can develop under a bench roll, pels are trying to win now not sell low on a high pick.

              • hiflew

                It’s not selling low, it’s saving a draft pick when you could include a player with more value to another team than to yours. Putting him on the bench now will in effect undermine all the confidence he gained by playing so much last season.

                BTW, not to nitpick but the term is role, not roll

                • x%sure

                  Lol, I liked the visual of “bench roll”, but I was sure I would never make sense of that post!

                  BTW I think building around Zion is causing changes… though I doubt Zion can be so relied upon, healthwise, so that strat ‘s a risk.

                • KnickerbockerAl

                  Hayes is young dude. He’s still going to play. Pels needed an experienced big especially after letting Favors walk. Adams is an expiring contract. He only helps with development of team and Hayes. If you are NO fan. Be happy it’s a good move.

            • bdpecore

              Adams is on an expiring contract. He’s clearly a stopgap to allow Hayes more time to develop.

              • jkoms57

                Ya I’d say Hayes is one of the best young centers in the league.

                Very little I’d move him for, let alone Steven Adams

  1. mnsportsfan

    i wonder who they’re sending to OKC

    has to be hayes right? and maybe walker

      • Dirkules

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  2. mike.honcho

    Steven Adams & his porn-stache should fit right in with Ron Jeremy & his PELICANS.

    Sam Presti will have everyone’s picks very soon.

    Hope Presti gets a nice return for Nick Collison.

  3. harden-westbrook-mvps

    So everyone in OKC that didn’t have an SGA jersey will be buying Horford jerseys?

  4. hiflew

    The Thunder just saw that NO was getting 3 firsts from Milwaukee and had to get into the deal. Over the next 6 years, the Thunder could theoretically form a second or even a third franchise with all of their first rounders. Maybe they have plans on creating their own NBA division.

    • brownscavsr4me

      Lol the thunder are going to be able to add 2 more g-league teams for their franchise if they want

      • hiflew

        Having a lot of draft picks can be a double edged sword. It’s great to have the ability to move around and such, but just looking at the Celtics the past years should show that most of those draft picks will inevitably be wasted on draft and stash guys that will never play here or spent on players that just can’t get on the court. There is still a limit of 5 players per team at any one time. They now have more draft picks over the next 6 drafts that they have roster spots and that is just first round picks. They need to do what Boston didn’t do and trade WAY up in every draft for the next 3-4 years. They are going to be bad more than likely and will likely have a top 5 pick, but they have enough ammo to get another one in each of the next 2-3 drafts. Imagine a team getting 2 top 5 picks in 3 straight drafts. THAT is what they need to do.

        • brownscavsr4me

          Good point. The celtics didnt even get a chance to develop their lottery pick last year in Romeo langford because he rode the bench. And most teams the thunder traded with dont expect to be in the lottery anyways, thus them trading away those picks (and a few of them are protected). If the thunder do pull this off and have that many top 5 or top 10 picks, i honestly can only give them kudos. I might even say id be a little jealous haha

    • hiflew

      As much movement as has taken place, we might need a recap of the recap post because it is likely to be huge by itself.

  5. SeattleFan99

    Jaxon Hayes will be traded to eithier Oklahoma,miluake, or Celtics as the pelicans are preparing to offer Aron Baynes a 2 year deal

    • x%sure

      Building around Zion, who doesn’t shoot much outside, like Jaxon.
      Adams doesn’t either but he will expire soon. Baynes does.

        • x%sure

          He should do it more often, 6/14.
          Never said I like their methods. Fans want him to be a 5 but ignore his ballhandling & passing & height at 6-6.

  6. Sports guy 2005

    Thunder fan here. This was the right move to make. Adams was a fan favorite, but his play has deteriorated the last couple seasons and he’s been nonexistent come playoff time. Hopefully Stan gets better use, but I’m glad we can finally move on from his contract. Gotta think Horford is next

    • Luckylefty2

      Big brutes like adams will never be effective in the playoffs(MAYBE unless his match up is literally gobert) but he will always get paid of perception and regular season production.

    • who wants to bet that George Hill will be traded for couple more picks and some throw in salary a team wants to lose?

      OKC brokerage is making a killing for prospect capital. Unlike Boston I expect they will be spending these picks in a couple years to acquire players. There are going to be teams howling for young cost controlled talent. And there will be a line up at the OKC draft bank.

    • x%sure

      Some people thought there would not be much trading this year.
      Probably NYers not bothering to think much past the Knicks, with players nobody was asking for.
      trade, trade, trade!

  7. Is anyone else’s head just spinning from this off-season? Right when I think I got it down, 300 more moves happen lol

    • Dirkules

      Especially because this year everything happens so quickly (draft, trades, free agency). There must be people in the league who have not slept for 96 hours

  8. These type of trades shows why you need to wait until the season before proclaiming any team is the best team this year. Pelicans now push themselves up to one of the playoff teams for next year. Gives them a good 1 and 2 punch at center. There is no favorite team in the west.

    • And yet Warriors fans keep acting like they are the favorites to win it for the next several years, including you, arc. Absolutely comical.

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