IN a bid to solidify its young core and surround Russell Westbrook with talent, the Oklahoma City Thunder has committed a total of US$184 million to secure the services of Steven Adams and Victor Oladipo.
The Thunder awarded Adams with a US$100 million, four-year deal while Oladipo signed a four-year US$84 million contract extension on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time). The duo joins star Westbrook (US$26.5 million annually) as the team's top money earners.
A 23-year old center from New Zealand, Adams impressed many as part of the Thunder's playoff campaign last season. He is currently averaging 13 points, nine rebounds and 2.3 steals in the first three games of the NBA season.
The former No.2 pick in 2013, the 24-year old Oladipo was acquired in an offseason trade this year that sent Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic. He has posted averages of 16 points, four rebounds and four assists with the Magic.
On Tuesday, the Thunder also traded Ersan Ilyasova, acquired through the Ibaka deal, and a protected draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jerami Grant and a trade exception.
The Thunder will send its first round pick to the 76ers starting in 2020, unless that pick falls within the top 20 picks of that year’s draft. If the pick is within the top 20, the Thunder will instead send the 76ers its own second round draft picks in 2022 and 2023.
Described as an athletic prospect, the 22-year old Grant has per game averages of 8 points, 3.5 rebounds and two blocks this season.