STEVEN Adams considered Paul George a big boost but insisted that it will take some time before the new-look Oklahoma City Thunder plays to its full potential with the former Indiana Pacers superstar in the mix.
Adams is in Manila to take part in the NBA 3x Philippines 2017, an annual 3-on-3 competition presented by AXA, along with former NBA coach Reggie Theus, and the Laker Girls.
Preliminary tournament will be held July 15 to 16 at the Don Bosco Technological Institute with the finals set to take place at the SM Mall of Asia.
Naturally, questions regarding George joining the Thunder didn't elude Adams, who teams up with the former Pacers swingman after a trade that send Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to Indiana.
While he considers the trade a big win for OKC, Adams, however, said the addition of George doesn't mean that the Thunder will automatically be a title contender in the NBA as they have to go through the process of building a team during the offseason and training camp.
"Obviously, he is going to help us. But again, going through the same thing, if he is a good guy, if you are a good guy, then everything else is easy," said Adams.
After his trip in Manila, Adams is actually scheduled to meet with George in Los Angeles.
"Not yet (talked to George). I'm actually going to LA after this. Haven't met the guy. It makes a big difference. But I'm excited to meet him. I'm excited to go back to the Thunder, work out, and being in a family environment," said Adams.
George's addition also proved timely after most teams in the Western Conference stacked up their line-up led by the Houston Rockets, who acquired Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers.
The New Zealand native, though, is far from concerned about the arms race in the West.
"Not really concerned about it to be honest. I'm just worried about what the Thunder does. It doesn't matter if it is the Eastern Conference or the Western Conference. It all comes down to what you and your team are doing. If you focus too much on one team, then you wonder off," said Adams.