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.
Steven Adams crushed Lillard with this screen pic.twitter.com/pb04AV61QK
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) April 17, 2019
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:
— No Baseball Podcast (@nobaseballpod) April 17, 2019
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.
Steven Adams today at shootaround on if he has any free time in between games to hang out with Enes Kanter: “Yeah, there’s time … but I don’t want to.” pic.twitter.com/RtHHE2GyOj
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) April 16, 2019
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.
Steven Adams is playing with a big kleenex stuck in his nose after he was bloodied. Looks like he's been doing it his whole life
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) March 6, 2019
— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) March 6, 2019
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.
Steven Adams to David Fizdale during a stoppage: "Sub him (him being Enes Kanter) out. He can't play defense."
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) November 15, 2018
Steven Adams just told David Fizdale re: Kanter: “Sub him out. He doesn’t know how to play defense. We’re running pick and roll every time. Sub him out.”
— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) November 15, 2018
Adams’ big first half included a monster dunk on Kanter late in the first quarter.
— FOX Sports Oklahoma (@FOXSportsOK) November 15, 2018
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.
— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) October 7, 2018
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:
Another Steven Adams eating story: At Steven Adams’ pre-draft interview with the Kings in 2013, after eating two appetizers and a steak, he ordered a second steak and finished it. Then he ate an entire loaf of bread, cutting it with a fork and steak knife as if it were meat.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) October 8, 2018
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.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is not quite as pleased to be recognized as the NBA’s toughest player as one might expect.
In the league’s survey of general managers, Adams was voted the toughest player in the league by a good margin, finishing 20 points ahead of LeBron James. When brought up to him on Wednesday, his response was quite muted.
Steven Adams on being voted the league's toughest player by NBA GMs: "Do I get a bonus? … Seems dumb”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 3, 2018
There is no bonus involved, so what difference does it make? It’s a nice reputation to have, but one earned, not given.
Adams may also win an award for being one of the league’s more quotable players. It’s a rare combination.