NBA Expert: Adams one of four players Thunder may struggle to retain

By Sam Warlow

Thunder trio Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Steven Adams. Photo / Getty
Thunder trio Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Steven Adams. Photo / Getty

NBA analyst Zach Lowe has provided some food for thought for Oklahoma City Thunder fans.

In a tweet, Lowe suggests that if Kevin Durant (who just completed the final year of his five year US$89M deal) and Russell Westbrook (whose five year US$78M deal will end after next season) re-sign with the Thunder long term, the team may only be able to keep two of four other core players, including Steven Adams.


In an ambiguous follow up tweet, Lowe suggests that there is already a clear cut two that the Thunder should choose.


Following a string of outstanding playoffs performances, experts have predicted that Adams' value has increased to the point where he could be looking at a max contract the next time he signs a deal.

Adams is under contract with the Thunder for next season, and after that he will become a restricted free agent where he can go on the market and find a new deal.

An alternative would be Adams and the Thunder agreeing on an extension between the end of the season and November.

Lowe's tweet is in response to CBS Sports basketball writer Matt Moore. Moore's tweet put the Thunder's upcoming contractual obligations in perspective:


Thunder guard Dion Waiters will become a restricted free agent during this year's offseason, while team mate Serge Ibaka will go on the market with Westbrook after next season. Enes Kanter is under contract with the Thunder until 2019.

- NZ Herald

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