Steven Adams says goodbye to Thunder en route to Pelicans in his classic eccentric manner
Cheers to Oklahoma City, thanks for taking me in 7 years ago. You guys have been awesome! I doff my hat to you for your hospitality. Always a pleasure, never a chore. pic.twitter.com/eRFhQTqIk0
— Steven Adams (@RealStevenAdams) November 25, 2020
The Thunder selected Steven Adams with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Pittsburgh. He finishes his OKC career with averages of 9.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 530 games in the regular season.
After trading All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns, the Thunder dealt Dennis Schröder to the Los Angeles Lakers and let Danilo Gallinari walk in free agency. OKC is now building the franchise around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort.
The Thunder made the 2020 playoffs, losing to the Houston Rockets in the first round in seven games at Walt Disney World. Billy Donovan decided not to come back as head coach, as the former Florida Gator joined the Chicago Bulls as their new leader.
Once Donovan left, it was assumed that the Thunder would trade Paul, Schröder and Adams, three veterans who are better suited to be on playoff teams.
Moving forward, OKC has a bevy of first-round picks. General manager Sam Presti has done a good job of accumulating assets in the past couple of seasons following the departure of Kevin Durant in 2016.