New Orleans Pelicans and Steven Adams agree to contract extension

Paola Ditto
Novembre 25, 2020

Ingram had turned down a "modest extension", in Wojnarowski's terms, with the Los Angeles Lakers last offseason before he was included in the massive haul to get Anthony Davis.

National Basketball Association side the New Orleans Pelicans have hailed the arrival of New Zealand's Steven Adams, who has joined the club from Oklahoma City Thunder.

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

The 27-year-old joins the Pelicans' young core of Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart, providing a veteran presence for the young squad.

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.

The two-year extension is reportedly worth US$35 million (NZ$50.16m), according to ESPN. According to ESPN, he will still bank US$27.58m (NZ$39.52) in the upcoming 2020-21 season.

Because Adams did not waive his trade kicker in the deal that sent him to New Orleans from Oklahoma City, he was eligible to sign an extension with New Orleans right away rather than having to wait months to do so, per the NBA's collective bargaining agreement.

Ingram is the NBA's reigning most improved player after averaging a team-high 23.8 points in his first season with the Pelicans. Selected 12th overall out of the University of Pittsburgh in the 2013 NBA Draft, Adams ranks fifth all-time in OKC/Seattle franchise history in blocks (531) and first in field goal percentage.

On confirmation of his departure, Thunder executive vice president and general manager, Sam Presti, paid tribute.

The club's Twitter account posted a succinct "Thanks, mate", with a shaka emoji, coupled with a photo of a sombre-faced Adams.

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