Steven Adams reportedly agrees to $50 million extension with New Orleans Pelicans

Ruben Hill
November 24, 2020

With Adams locked into an extension, the Pelicans have shored up their frontcourt mate next to 20-year-old Zion Williamson for the next few seasons.

This week, Adams was sensationally traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder after seven years at the National Basketball Association club, since making his debut back in 2013 when he was the 12th overall pick in the draft that year.

"Steven Adams and Eric Bledsoe are not only fiercely competitive and driven to succeed at the highest levels, they are proven winners with a team-first mentality", Griffin said.

Steven Adams spent seven years at the Thunder, and the Pelicans believe they have a great acquisition.

Adams is now entering the final year of a four-year, $100 million extension he signed with the Thunder in 2016 and is set to earn $27.5 million this season.

Veteran 7-foot National Basketball Association center Steven Adams has agreed to a two-year extension with the Pelicans following his trade to New Orleans as part of a four-team deal that also sent guard Jrue Holiday from the Pelicans to Milwaukee. According to ESPN, he will still bank US$27.58m (NZ$39.52) in the upcoming 2020-21 season.

As part of the deal, Adams will also be paid a trade kicker worth $2 million (NZ$ 2.87 million) after being traded to the Pelicans, according to Spotrac.

The Bucks acquired the draft rights to Sam Merrill, who was picked 60th overall by New Orleans, as part of the trade, while Denver acquired the draft rights to R.J. Hampton, who was selected 24th overall by Milwaukee on draft night.

Adams averaged 10.9 points and 9.3 rebounds last season for Oklahoma City. He ranks fifth-all time in OKC/Seattle for blocks (531) and first in field goal percentage.

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