Steven Adams trade details emerge, George Hill plus picks headed to OKC

Steven Adams will give Pelicans the ‘freaking’ defensive wall they need

"New Orleans and Milwaukee are expanding the original Jrue Holiday trade to include more teams and players, including the routing of Steven Adams to the Pelicans, sources tell ESPN".

The centre is now reported to be the subject of complex trade talks between the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City with a number of other teams involved as well. At the same time, Wojnarowski shared that the Pelicans are keeping Eric Bledsoe in the trade with the Thunder.

Wojnarowski later confirmed that the Thunder have "agreed in principle" to move Adams to the Pelicans for future draft picks.

Two highly-respected basketball writers in the United States tweeted on Saturday (NZ time) that Adams was being discussed as a multi-way trade piece which seems set to end his seven-year stay with the Thunder, who drafted the New Zealander in 2013. He is entering the final season of a four-year, $100-million contract that he signed in 2016.

When finalised, Adams' departure from Oklahoma City would see him exit in 10th all-time in games played for the franchise, second in offensive rebounds, seventh in total rebounds, fifth in blocks and first in field goal percentage. Moving on from Adams would be a further exodus of experience from the now rebuilding Thunder, with Danilo Gallinari agreeing to terms with the Atlanta Hawks earlier in the day and Chris Paul being traded to Phoenix. However, as things stand, Adams would likely link up with rising sensation and 2019 No 1 draft pick Zion Williamson in the Pelicans' starting frontcourt.

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