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Steven Adams trade details emerge, George Hill plus picks headed to OKC

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The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to make moves that could set them up for the future, sending Steven Adams to the New Orleans Pelicans. Less than 24 hours after the move was announced, the details emerged in the trade for Adams, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Altogether, the Thunder are getting George Hill, Darius Miller, a 2023 protected first-round pick from the Denver Nuggets, and second-round picks. At the same time, Wojnarowski shared that the Pelicans are keeping Eric Bledsoe in the trade with the Thunder.

Sam Presti, the general manager of the Thunder, has made it known that Oklahoma City is open for business this offseason. To begin the offseason, the Thunder sent Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for first-round picks, Ricky Rubio, and Kelly Oubre.

Then, not long after getting Rubio and Oubre, Oklahoma City would deal them to other teams. Rubio would be sent back to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he began his career, while trading Oubre to the Golden State Warriors. Oubre gives the Warriors a wing player that can replace Klay Thompson amid his season-ending injury.

As for Adams, he gives the Pelicans a center to pair with Zion Williamson in the frontcourt. His ability to defend the rim and rebound should help Zion develop on both ends of the floor next season.

In recent seasons, the Thunder have been stockpiling picks and that continues to be a trend this offseason. Even though Adams was a key contributor to the roster, Oklahoma City was able to get yet another return that benefits them in the future.