This would be the same contract that Giannis Antetokounmpo signed with Milwaukee
The Oklahoma City Thunder are close to securing a vital part of their core. According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, they are “making significant progress” on talks with Steven Adams on a four-year extension worth $100 million. If those end up being the exact terms, it would be the same deal that the Milwaukee Bucks reached with point forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Just like we said about the Bucks, this should be seen as a big win for the Thunder — anything less than the max is a good deal for the team.
Steven Adams is reportedly about to get a lot richer.
Adams’ ascendance has been swift and undeniable. In the playoffs last season, he showed the world what the Thunder had known for some time: Adams will do whatever the team asks of him. While not a great shot blocker, Adams makes up for it with his smart team defense and quickness when guarding smaller players and containing pick-and-rolls. On the other end, Adams is one of the best in the league at finishing out of pick-and-roll situations.
As soon as Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors, Adams became either the second- or third-most important player in Oklahoma City, depending how you feel about Victor Oladipo. At 23 years old, he’s one of the best big young men in the league, and he seems primed for a breakout season statistically now that he’s getting more touches and shot attempts.
Oladipo, by the way, is in talks with the Thunder about an extension in the $80 million range, as reported by The Vertical on Sunday night. The deadline for rookie contract extensions is Monday at midnight, and Oklahoma City presumably wants to get both of these deals done. The only problem with doing so is that it leaves the front office with little flexibility going into free agency next summer. If, for example, it wants to pitch Blake Griffin on coming home, then it will need to have trades ready to clear cap space.