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RUMOR: Thunder center Steven Adams on Celtics’ radar

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The Boston Celtics are reportedly keeping an eye on Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams.

Boston is in a dire need for a big man, especially with Al Horford reportedly set to leave the team for a bigger payday in what could be his last NBA contract. It didn’t help that the Celtics dealt center Aron Baynes in a draft day trade with the Phoenix Suns.

Given their situation, the Celtics are now looking at Adams as a potential replacement to fill the void in the middle of the paint. Adams has reportedly been made available by the Thunder along with Andre Roberson and Dennis Schroder.

Per A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports:

Adams is on Boston’s radar, but it’s unclear where he falls in the team’s pecking order as far as players they plan to pursue, or exactly what they are willing to give up in order to acquire him. But if you’re talking about big men who can make a major impact, Adams is one of those players that has to be given serious consideration.

Adams is still in contract with Thunder until after the 2020-21 season, having signed a four-year deal worth $100 million back in 2017. This means that the Celtics might need to surrender a lot of assets to acquire the hulking center from OKC, and it remains to be seen what they are willing to give up.

The Celtics have a lot of decision to make this summer, but it’s a game of wait and see for them as they try to build the best roster possible.