Steven Adams could be on his way out from the Oklahoma City Thunder soon as the team is going for major trade deals before the February deadline hits. The Thunder are currently at 14-14 which is not a good indication and they will unload some heavier contract players including Chris Paul and Steven Adams.
While it would be hard for OKC to find trade offers for Chris Paul, there are a few teams interested in Steven Adams and Atlanta Hawks is one of them. The Hawks are discussing the potential deal with Oklahoma City for Adams and it could be confirmed before the 2020 NBA trade deadline.
Atlanta Hawks are Interested in Steven Adams
Atlanta Hawks taking an interest in Steven Adams makes a lot of sense given they are just at 6-25 and the potential of young stars like Trae Young is being wasted. Adams has an average of 11.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists which is his career-best for the Thunder team.
The Atlanta Hawks have shown interest in Steven Adams, per The Athletic
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The Hawks could use him in the center position and pair him with the forward John Collins. Steven Adams had a lot of experience with Russell Westbrook and that could translate to playing alongside Trae Young. Atlanta Hawks certainly needs someone like Steven and also have the assets required to make the deal happen.
Hawks have Money and Assets to Convince Thunder for Trade
Oklahoma City Thunder would surely ask for a high price for Steven Adams as they owe him $25.8 million for this season and $27.5 million for the next NBA season. Atlanta Hawks could use the players whose contracts are already expiring such as Chandler Parsons, Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe.
While they are not great assets, OKC could use them to save the expensive salary for new players. Oklahoma and Atlanta could soon make a trade deal for Steven Adams as an ideal contract between them would solve most of their problems.