Steven Adams Rumors

All NBA Players

#12
Steven Adams
Steven Adams
Position: C
Born: 07/20/93
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Salary: $22,471,911
Henare was hopeful the Rotorua native would be available for New Zealand at next month’s Asia Cup in Lebanon where the Tall Blacks will make their debut in the new look FIBA Asia zone. However, Henare opted to go with youth for the tournament, deciding not to select any American based player for the tournament and go with young talent playing in New Zealand. As Adams was not selected, the seven-footer’s next chance to don the black singlet for the first time will have to wait until next year’s June-July international window. “I sat down with him (Steven) a few weeks back and he had a look at the program over the next few years,” Henare told Newshub.
Meanwhile, Adams is currently in the Philippines to help promote the NBA 3v3 tournament this weekend and told Philippines website the Rappler that the time has to be right to represent his country. “Yeah, definitely. When the time is right, I may be suiting up,” he told reporters in Manila on Tuesday “We’re just talking about when’s a good time because they understand my commitments with the NBA. Obviously, that comes first.”
As good as Oladipo was in his first season in Oklahoma City, there’s room for improvement and expanded responsibility. Both will be needed as the 24-year-old goes from a promising two-way player on a rookie-scale contract to a must-have contributor making $21 million in the first year of an $84 million contract. “He’s improved every single year he’s been in the league, and I would expect him to continue to do that,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. “I really don’t have a concern that they will continue to, but there’s no question, Victor, Steven (Adams), those guys have to get better for us to continue to get where we want to go, and I think they are going to work to get to that point.
This was the third-youngest team in OKC franchise history, older than only the 2009 and 2010 squads. Presti will be quick to point that out whenever given the opportunity. And given the financial position the Thunder find themselves in, run up over the cap and not overloading with inherent flexibility, it’s the exact reason why he believes improvement within the core is most likely to come internally, not from the outside. “Those guys have gotten better every single season they have been in the league,” Presti said. “I really don’t have a concern that they will continue to, but there’s no question, Victor, Steven, those guys have to get better for us to continue to get where we want to go, and I think they are going to work to get to that point.”