The Oklahoma City Thunder presently find themselves in a less-than-ideal situation: and it's all thanks to the super max extension that general manager Sam Presti decided to hand out to Russell Westbrook (five-years, $205M).
Though it might have seemed like their only choice and the right decision at the time, OKC is surely biting the bullet now. While the franchise attempts to avoid the luxury tax, they've coined key assets like Steven Adams, Andre Roberson and Dennis Schroder available in trade talks.
While Presti is likely weighing his options with his three players, let's do the same, but focus solely on teams that should inquire about acquiring Adams.
4. Dallas Mavericks
Mavericks fans should absolutely be drooling at the thought of putting Adams next to the likes of Luca Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. It remains to be seen if Dallas will be active in free agency, but adding Adams could be an alternate avenue that works out for all parties. His presence would immediately sure up the Mavs' front line.
3. Indiana Pacers
Just imagine the potentially formidable twin-towers pairing of Myles Turner and Steven Adams in Indiana. Let's not forget that the former Texas star shot a 38.8% clip from three last season. Adams' presence in the paint would allow Turner to roam more freely on offense. And don't even get us started on the Pacers' defensive potential with Adams and Turner clogging up the paint. Make it happen, GM Chad Buchanan, and thank us later.
2. San Antonio Spurs
Be honest. LaMarcus Aldridge is more of a stretch four than he is a center. And the latter is where the seven-time All-Star played the majority of last season for Gregg Popovich. If San Antonio can provide enough future picks to entice OKC, a big three of DeMar DeRozan, Aldridge and Adams would increase the Spurs' chances of advancing deeper into the postseason.
1. Boston Celtics
We know that the Celtics are reportedly interested in dealing for Rockets big man Clint Capela but Adams is unequivocally more polished on offense, more effective in rebounding and more of a force on defense. With Al Horford reportedly not planning on returning to Boston after opting out, Danny Ainge would be wise to chase the man-bunned world-beater.