Adams & Oladipo Staying in OKC
It’s official: Halloween is just as good as Christmas.
As if the 3–0 start and Nuclear Westbrook weren’t enough, Steven Adams and Victor Oladipo have agreed to four-year contract extensions with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The deals were first announced by Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Victor Oladipo: 4-years, $84 Million
The first of the two to agree to his extension, Oladipo will be signing a very friendly contract worth $84 million over the course of four years. While those numbers are huge, he is actually taking less than what he originally asked for in order to remain in Oklahoma City.
According to The Vertical, Oladipo and the Thunder had been discussing this deal over the course of the past week. Approaching the November 1st deadline, a deal was finally struck.
Locking in Oladipo long term is a solid move for the Thunder, as it’s core of Westbrook-Adams-Oladipo is now firmly in place. When you can do that without paying the full max, everything is beautiful.
Steven Adams: 4-Years, $100 Million
The second major splash of the day came when Steven Adams began finalizing a four-year extension worth $100 million. And, like Oladipo, this deal will get done beneath the max that he could have earned.
Locking in Adams was of the utmost importance to the Thunder, as any plans moving forward almost assuredly contain a healthy dose of Big Kiwi. An integral part of the rebuilding core around Westbrook, securing Adams adds another level of security to a team still very much in flux.
The 23-year-old big man certainly would have received interest from other clubs in free agency, so ending this before it went that far is a win for GM Sam Presti. Adams is averaging 13 points and 9 rebounds through three games this season.
It’s yet to be seen how these deals affect the long term plan for the Thunder, but the security of nailing down important pieces far outweighs any negatives. According the The Vertical, the organization is still working on an extension for Andre Roberson — although a deal is not imminent.