With Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka out of the picture, Steven Adams is all of a sudden the second most important player on the Oklahoma City Thunder. In his three years in the league, he’s demonstrated his value as a big body in the middle on defense, rebounding and in the pick-and-roll, but his role has expanded considerably now.
According to Woj, his paycheck might be following suit:
We are in a new age of contracts, as this past offseason proved. With Timofey Mozgov getting $64 million over four years himself, $100 million doesn’t seem all that much for a player much younger and considerably more talented. Monday night is the deadline for teams to sign 2013 draft picks like Adams to contract extensions before they hit free agency, and franchise building block players like C.J. McCollum and Giannis Antetokounmpo have already been locked up. In fact, if Woj is correct on the details, then Adams will be paid the same as the Greek Freak.
As much as history might make one blanch at a triple-digit contract, this would absolutely be the right move for Oklahoma City. Adams came to the game relatively late in his life, and yet he’s already developed wonderful hand-eye coordination and positioning skills at age 23. He’s improving offensively, though he may never have an above-average jumper, and head coach Billy Donovan trusts Adams to guard power forwards when the slow-footed Enes Kanter is in the lineup.