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His “team” reference referred to his management group, rather than the Thunder who reiterated that they are behind their player whatever he chooses around his international availability. Adams said “a ton” of factors had contributed to his decision, including injuries and the looming end to his rookie contract (and expected massive salary hike). He is about to enter the first of two years of team options before he becomes a free agent.
Australia have drawn first blood in a physical opener to the FIBA Oceania Championship, weathering a Corey Webster storm to prevail 71-59 in front of a 16,000 strong crowd at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Saturday. A Matthew Dellavedova (15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) burst in the second term put the Boomers in front for good, while the late play of Patty Mills (17 points, 4 assists) and David Andersen (17 points) helped the hosts secure an important 12-point edge.

Steven Adams taking summer off

As New Zealand’s national program prepares to lock horns with the Australian Boomers in a two-game Olympic qualification series, Steven Adams’ agency has addressed his status for the pivotal FIBA Oceania Championships. “Due to scheduling conflicts over the coming months and Steven’s focus on being ready for the start of the 2015-16 regular season, Steven would not have been able to join the national team until very late in their tour,” explained Adams’ management, Wasserman Media Group. “Because he does not think it is the right thing to join the team so late in the process he will not be participating with the New Zealand national team in the Oceania series.