Oklahoma City has been trying to find the right trade for Steven Adams, per @SeanDeveney
The Thunder are seeking a young player, draft pick and salary relief in exchange for Adams.
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 2, 2019
The Thunder are looking. I just don't think we have anything they could be interested in. I love Adams. As centers go, he's one of my favorite, and he's only 26.
He's old school, but the dude is as tough as they come (and we need someone like that on this roster) and he's an incredible rebounder/defender. The only players that we can trade before December/January is THJ, Lee, Jackson, Brunson, Broekhoff, and Luka, and there is no way do we give up Brunson or Luka for Adams.
The only puzzle piece that works right now is THJ for Adams. Is he even enough for Adams though? He's 26 as well, and a trade of THJ and Adams straight up can put the Thunder under the luxury tax.
There are not many teams in the NBA that need a center, especially one at 26 million. Heck given that we have Powell, Maxi, and Boban, (and KP too really) we don't NEED a center either. But a guy like Adams next to KP would in my mind be a seamless fit. Adams does ALL the dirty stuff and is an enforcer, and can protect KP from having to wrestle for rebounds. Plus he's one of the best screen-setters in the entire league.
(10-03-2019, 02:35 AM)Magickian Wrote: DAL IN: Adams, Schroder
OKC IN: THJ, Lee, Jackson
This saves OKC 5m this year and another 13m next year, for a total of 18m in savings over the next two years. This isn't HUGE, but isn't anything to sneeze at.
They get Jackson who is the young guy they acquire in this deal. We would need to get a draft pick, or just send them a gang of second-round picks, maybe it is a big enough bounty then.
This is probably not enough for OKC but it helps them save off a lot of their long term salary. They would only have CP3, SGA, Jackson, and THJ as the biggest salaries, next season and SGA is only at 4m next year. Then if they can move CP3, Thunder has suddenly reset. They can also try to move THJ again next year and be a clear roster to build around SGA and whoever they get for CP3. This could help them get out of the Adams contract, save money this year, and next year, and then CP3 is their last remaining obstacle for a complete rebuild while gaining assets.
Another team could probably do better but, would you pull the trigger on this? I would!
SOOOOO This is my first trade proposal of the season... haha try not to rip me too hard for it... but let us maybe keep all of our Trade Ideas to this trade for the season!
I REALLY don't like Schroeder. Like wouldn't touch him with a 10ft pole. He's overpaid, and over hyped. He plays the same brand of inefficient basketball that Stephon Marbury played that is not conducive to winning basketball. Add onto it that he's arrogant and facing a felony assault charge.
The Thunder have been trying for months now to get rid of Schroeder (https://www.reddit.com/r/nba/comments/90...aid_to_be/
) , but due to his on-going legal issues, there haven't been any takers.
Schroeder is just so antithetical to what the Mavs are trying to build culture wise here that it just makes no sense to trade for him. And even if they would, the Thunder should be the ones giving up an arm and a leg to get rid of that mess.
I really want Adams, because unlike Schroeder he's actually a good basketball player and is a great locker room presence.