With just a few hours left before Monday’s 11pm Oklahoma time deadline to agree to a contract extension with the Thunder, or not, Steven Adams had a problem. A big problem. “I dropped my phone in the cold tub and it didn’t work for like the past three days,” he told stunned reporters after Tuesday’s practice. During much of that time his agent and Thunder GM Sam Presti were closing in on a 4-year, $100 million extension to Adams’ rookie contract. “Stuff was going on you know,” he chuckled. “My agent was trying to contact me and stuff but I didn’t have a phone.” So with the clock ticking and a big pile of money waiting, Adams decided to splurge. “I got a nice phone,” he smiled. “It’s the one with the screen going across the side…the Edge. The Samsung Edge. So yeah, got street cred now.” And yes the Samsung Edge is supposed to be waterproof.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed center Steven Adams and guard Victor Oladipo to multi-year contract extensions, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. “We are excited to extend our partnership with Steven and Victor,” said Presti “Both players represent the Thunder’s present and future, exhibiting the values that the Oklahoma community and our organization hold in high regard: hard work, team first, resiliency and citizenship.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Oklahoma City and center Steven Adams are finalizing a four-year, $100M extension, league sources tell @The Vertical.
There’s no agreement yet, but both sides feel strong momentum toward a deal, league sources said The deal would cement Adams, 23, as a Thunder franchise cornerstone along with All-Star guard Russell Westbrook. As part of the NBA’s 2013 draft Class, the extension would keep Adams out of restricted free agency next summer.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Oklahoma City and center Steven Adams making significant progress on a 4-year, $100M contract extension, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Randy Renner: Steven Adams says he's not thinking about contract extension "if it gets done it gets done." #Thunder https://t.co/pvdPBSYafX
February 27, 2021 | 8:28 am EST Update
Josh Lewenberg: Life advice from Kyle Lowry (re: state of the world): “I’m going to be honest with you, I have no stress at all. I don’t stress. There’s no stress. Why would I be stressed for? Things are going to happen, some things you can control, so you control what you can control.”
Bobby Marks: Brooklyn makes it official on the Andre Roberson and Iman Shumpert 10-Day: $110,998 cap hit for both Roberson will earn $148,926 and Shumpert $159,698 Brooklyn has a $93.9M tax bill that is projected right now at $48.9M because of the expected decline in BRI
Bobby Marks: The All-Star language is negotiable in the contract: starter, reserve or replacement player. Sabonis has all three Rudy Gobert would not receive his $1M bonus if he was selected as a replacement player.
Kyle Goon: Dennis Schroder said he never had COVID-19 and tested negative during his quarantine. He says the NBA “has to do better” and before he’s able to elaborate … … the Zoom crashes.
Eric Walden: Jordan Clarkson, asked if he could see Quin Snyder not being intense coaching at the All-Star Game: “Nah, not really — he’s probably gonna have LeBron getting back on transition defense, have guys crashing the glass.”
Wednesday was Zion Williamson’s and Brandon Ingram’s 52nd game together. The partnership between them is barely older than half the length of a normal regular season. They are still learning each other’s games. What’s clear, though, is that there is a healthy respect level between them. “Offensively, y’all see it,” Williamson said of Ingram. “Impossible to guard. Can shoot over anyone in the league.” “I mean, I’ve never played with a player as talented as me,” Ingram said of Williamson. “He’s a generational talent.”
Darnell Mayberry: Thaddeus Young said the Bulls spent considerable time talking in the locker room about everything that happened in the second half tonight, “Trying to figure out where did we go wrong, what adjustments we could have made…We as a team, we feel like we can win every game.”