Thunder lock up Oladipo, Adams

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Adams' extension is the latest in what has been a transformative year for the Thunder. His defense and offensive rebounding are going to be crucial for the Thunder this season and with the departure of Kevin Durant, he is being asked to do more on offense as well.

Matthew Rothstein of Dime Magazine argues that it is the right move for Oklahoma City.

Both players signed to a four-year contract extension with Adams' contract being worth $100 million and Oladipo's is worth $84. Coach Billy Donovan said that didn't change Tuesday's practice.

McFadden said Adams could play for as long as the likes of former San Antonio Spurs centre and five time National Basketball Association champion Tim Duncan, who retired from the National Basketball Association last season after 19 years in the game.

Thunder management wouldn't provide details about the deal concluded on Monday but it nearly certainly makes Adams New Zealand's top-paid sportsman by a large margin.

The deal would cement Adams, 23, as a Thunder franchise cornerstone along with All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.

Steven Adams, seen here dunking the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers, signs a contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The people spoke only on condition of anonymity because the details had not been announced. "And for it to actually happen, it's a surreal experience, and I know that it's supposed to be the way it is now", Oladipo said.

It was the most important time in Steven Adams' life, and the rugged New Zealander was off the grid after dropping his phone in the cold tub. Obviously it's good he (Oladipo) came over and felt comfortable enough to sign back. Adams is already averaging 13 points and nine rebounds this season, including 14 points and 12 rebounds in a double-double effort against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

"Steven, just being part of his development and seeing him progress past year, clearly, I think everybody feels he is going to be one of the best centers in this league", Donovan said. He came to the Thunder via a draft night trade in June, involving Serge Ibaka.

Clearly, Adams is considered a vital piece for the Thunder's future, alongside MVP candidate Westbrook, Oladipo, Sabonis and Enes Kanter. In three-plus seasons with the Thunder, he has averaged 6.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.

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