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Report: Kings’ interest in Thunder’s Steven Adams ‘not accurate at all’

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Recent rumors surrounding the Sacramento Kings’ potential interest in Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams are “not accurate at all,” according to Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee.

Adams has $53.4 million left in the last two years of a beefy four-year, $100 million deal, which makes it a somewhat affordable deal for a team looking for a starting center. The Kings reportedly discussed a trade with the Thunder in the offseason and are believed to be seeking a young player, a draft pick and salary relief in exchange for Adams — a price the Kings deemed too steep.

OKC reportedly aimed to get either Buddy Hield or Bogdan Bogdanovic as a return piece for Adams, something the Kings did not accept in negotiations.

Sacramento is still looking for an upgrade at center after the departure of Willie Cauley-Stein in free agency, apparently preferring to play Marvin Bagley III, the team’s best shot blocker last season, in his natural position at power forward.

Adams was the lone piece of the Thunder’s core who survived a wholesale process after Paul George was traded to the LA Clippers, with Jerami Grant and Russell Westbrook soon to follow out the door.

The Kings aimed to get the likes of Nikola Vucevic, Al Horford and others in free agency, but instead they signed Dewayne Dedmon to a three-year, $40 million contract to take that spot.

At this point, the Thunder’s price for either Chris Paul or Adams is far too steep for teams to negotiate. If that changes, the Kings might throw their hat back into the ring if desperation sets in.