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4 Teams That Should Trade for Steven Adams in Thunder's Fire Sale

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 21:   Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during a time out in the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 21, 2019 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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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

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks in action against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena on March 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks v Washington Wizards | Patrick Smith

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

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 22: Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers reacts after making a three-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half of game four of the NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 22, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Cavaliers won 104-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers v Indiana Pacers - Game Four | Joe Robbins

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

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 25:  LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs receives celebration from bench and fans after scoring against the Denver Nuggets during Game Six of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 25, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets v San Antonio Spurs - Game Six | Ronald Cortes

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

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 08:  Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 8, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Celtics defeated the Suns 116-109 in overtime.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns | Christian Petersen

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.