With the start of the NBA season rapidly approaching, teams are getting a firsthand look at how their offseason additions will blend on their new squads. For teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, this is an optimistic yet crucial time. Following consecutive premature playoff exits, the Bucks entered the offseason eager to improve their roster, with Giannis Antetokounmpo’s impending 2021 free agency looming large. Entering the season with a championship-or-bust mentality, the Bucks swung for the fences in their trade to acquire Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans.
Originally only supposed to be a two-team swap, Milwaukee and New Orleans expanded the Jrue Holiday deal to include the Denver Nuggets and perpetually-active Oklahoma City Thunder, creating a blockbuster four-team trade. When the dust settled, the team’s returns were as followed:
Here is a look at our grades for each team involved in the trade.
A number of NBA players have expressed frustration with the arrangements inside the bubble campus in Orlando, but Steven Adams is joining those who have reminded us life could be a lot worse.
Adams shared some of his thoughts on the Walt Disney World bubble on Monday. The Oklahoma City Thunder star tried to put things in perspective by saying teams are “living in a bloody resort.”
“Let’s be clear — this is not Syria, mate. You know what I mean? It’s not that hard,” the New Zealand-born Adams said. “We’re living in a bloody resort, you know? Everyone’s gonna complain. Everyone has their own preferences, but it’s not anything too serious. It’s just a bit of dry food here and there and you get bored every now and then. It’s all good, man.”
Adams added that he is enjoying the experience because it has given him an opportunity to interact with players on other teams.
LeBron James jokingly compared heading off to the NBA bubble to serving a prison sentence, but his latest remarks about living in Orlando had a much different tone. Other players have complained about the hotel rooms and menu options.
With everything that has been going on in the world, it’s a bad look for NBA players to act like having Walt Disney World resorts to themselves is the equivalent of living in poverty. Adams is not the only player who seems to realize that.
Steven Adams spent part of the NBA’s hiatus on his farm in New Zealand, which led to some funny comments from the center.
Adams spoke with reporters on Thursday and shared that he was doing some farm work during the hiatus. He said his cows are “doing good.”
Adams also joked that he was able to practice his rebounding skills by boxing out the cows.
Adams is in his 7th season with the Thunder and averaging 10.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He has another year left on his contract that is scheduled to pay him $27.5 million next season.
Oklahoma City has been one of the surprises of the season and is tied with Houston with a 40-24 record entering the restart in Orlando.
Steven Adams is not about to get caught up in the back-and-forth between two of his former teammates.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder center had a funny reaction to the Twitter feud between Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins, saying that they were probably just bored.
“Ah you know how it is, mate,” said Adams, per Erik Horne of The Athletic. “They’re both a bit bored, aye? They’re not doing much so they’re probably just bored, mate. But it’s entertaining for you guys I bet, yeah?! You guys getting a little kick out of it?
“I wouldn’t say [it’s] interesting,” Adams went on. “It’s just some bickering. What’s interesting is the political stuff. American politics. That’s interesting. Not just two players bickering. C’mon.”
Adams arrived in Oklahoma City as a rookie in 2013 with both Durant and Perkins already on the team. Perkins was then traded away in 2015 and Durant left to sign with the Golden State Warriors in 2016, which was a central topic of their social media beef this week.
The 35-year-old Perkins is now retired and working as an analyst, while the former MVP Durant is still out with his Achilles injury. Thus, Adams has a point, even if he has aired out some beef with an ex-Thunder teammate too.
Steven Adams no longer appears to fit the Oklahoma City Thunder timeline, and one fellow Western Conference team may be trying to deal for him.
Sean Deveney of Heavy.com reported this week that if there was a favorite to trade for the seven-footer, it would be the Sacramento Kings. Deveney notes that the Kings had interest in Adams prior to free agency this summer and discussed a potential deal with the Thunder but that talks did not get very far because the asking price for Adams was too high.
The 26-year-old Adams, who averaged 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season, is enterting the third year of a four-year, $100 million contract.
Depending on what Sacramento would give up for Adams, he could make for an odd fit on a team that already has young frontcourt players like Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley who need minutes. The Kings also went out and signed big men Dewayne Dedmon and Richaun Holmes this offseason. Still though, Adams landing in Sacramento would be an interesting turn of events, especially given his history of sorts with the team.
Damian Lillard and Steven Adams exchanged some words during Tuesday’s Game 2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder-Portland Trail Blazers first round playoff series over a hard screen.
Lillard’s Blazers were up big in the fourth quarter when Adams decided to set a screen on the point guard. Lillard ran right into him and went down as if he hit a brick wall.
Adams then committed a foul defending Al-Farouq Aminu the next time up the court, which led to a response from Lillard. The two had a conversation, seemingly about the plays:
There was nothing illegal about that screen whatsoever. It was completely legitimate. It just rocked Lillard.
There’s no surprise after watching that play that Adams was recognized around the league for his toughness.
Steven Adams has no time for friendships during the playoffs.
Adams was asked ahead of Tuesday’s Game 2 of the first round series between his Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers whether he would be hanging out with ex-teammate Enes Kanter between games. Adams offered a blunt response and said he had no interest in doing so.
It’s unclear whether he was joking or being serious, but his answer seemed to contain a bit of both.
Adams and Kanter were collectively known as the “Stache Bros” when they played on the Thunder before Kanter was traded to the Knicks. Despite their relationship, Adams trolled Kanter when they played against each other in November. Kanter was let go by the Knicks and picked up by Portland, and he had a starring role in Game 1.
Russell Westbrook doesn’t like his guys being friendly with opponents, so it’s no surprise Adams is falling in line with that.
A little blood wasn’t going to stop Steven Adams on Tuesday.
During the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder, Adams sustained a bloody nose. In true Steven Adams form, he packed his nose with loads of tissue and kept playing. Unfortunately, when the tissue started to fill with blood, officials made Adams leave the floor.
Adams is already immensely popular among NBA fans. This surely will add to his legendary status.
Steven Adams savagely trolled his former Stache Brother when they squared off against each other on Wednesday night.
Adams’ Oklahoma City Thunder hosted Enes Kanter’s New York Knicks and got out to be a big lead in the first half. Kanter subbed into the game midway through the first quarter, and it didn’t take long for Adams to trash talk him.
During a stoppage in play, Adams told Knicks coach David Fizdale to sub Kanter out because he can’t play defense.
Adams’ big first half included a monster dunk on Kanter late in the first quarter.
Kanter is in his second season with the Knicks since being traded there as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal. He has maintained love for his old team, and even for Adams. Maybe this type of competition will change his opinion.
Since starting the season 0-4, the Thunder have taken advantage of a weak schedule and gone 8-1, even winning games without Russell Westbrook in the lineup.
Steven Adams is a big man and has a big appetite. And the amount of food he eats still leaves longtime teammate Russell Westbrook surprised.
Westbrook shared a video on social media of Adams’ order during a recent meal at a Mexican restaurant. Adams appeared to have two different kinds of tacos, corn, a tamale, rice and beans, and some sort of flauta type appetizer plate.
Adams had five plates just for himself. But this sort of thing apparently is not new for Adams. The eating stories about him are legendary.
Oklahoma City Thunder reporter Fred Katz shared another one:
When you’re 7-feet tall and weigh around 270 pounds, it takes more food than the average person needs to get full. Much more.