Steven Adams linked to another NBA move

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NZ Herald ,
Publish Date
Tue, 27 Jul 2021, 9:09AM
Steven Adams throws down a dunk during a game with the Pelicans. (Photo / AP)
Steven Adams throws down a dunk during a game with the Pelicans. (Photo / AP)

Steven Adams linked to another NBA move

Author
NZ Herald ,
Publish Date
Tue, 27 Jul 2021, 9:09AM

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams could have a new team.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the New Zealander is set to be traded by the New Orleans Pelicans to the Memphis Grizzlies.

This would link the 6 foot 11 centre up with 2020 rookie of the year Ja Morant.

Adams joined the Pelicans last year after spending his first seven years in the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who drafted him in 2013.

New Orleans had a 31-41 record last season finishing outside of the playoffs. Reflecting on season, Adams called himself "dead weight".

Down from that of his recent campaigns with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Adams' field goal attempts declined and he averaged the fewest points per game (7.6) since his rookie season in 2013-14 (3.3), while his total rebounding numbers also took a hit.

Once a max-contract player in Oklahoma City, his latest contract drops him from US$27.5m to $17m next season.