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October 13, 2019, 1:19 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder will be without both Chris Paul and Steven Adams (rest) for Monday's preseason game.
No need to panic here, as the two vets are just getting a day off. Continue to draft both players as you typically would. DFS players can look at Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dennis Schroder, Nerlens Noel and Mike Muscala for extra production tomorrow — barring further rest.
Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter
October 10, 2019, 10:28 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams notched an efficient double-double on Thursday with a team-high 19 points and 10 boards as the Thunder beat the Breakers 110-84.
Adams did his damage in just 21 minutes. The Thunder may move on from Adams this year, so we could see some showcasing to get him out the door and work on losing some basketball games.
October 8, 2019, 8:16 pmChris PaulTeam, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder will start Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams against the Mavs in preseason action on Tuesday.
It's full-on small ball for the Thunder in this preseason action against the Mavs. Starting two short guards in CP3 and Schroder, both under 6-foot-1, is a bit interesting to say the least, especially against a Mavs backcourt featuring 6-foot-5 guards. Hopefully Donovan is tinkering with lineups for preseason purposes.
Source: Erik Horne on Twitter
October 2, 2019, 7:38 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are exploring trade scenarios involving Steven Adams, but have found no suitors willing to meet ther asking price according to Sean Devenney of Heavy.com.
Deveney says that the Thunder have been looking for offers that include a draft pick, a young player and salary relief. It's easy to believe that teams would be hesitant towards giving the Thunder all of those pieces for Adams at the current salary he is making, but the news that they are already exploring scenarios for dealing him should stick in the minds of every fantasy manager out there. Adams should have a large role in OKC as long as he's there, but fantasy owners should be wary of the potential that he winds up on a squad that would diminish his value. Nerlens Noel should be on watch lists everywhere, as he would become must-own if he is given a shot at starter's minutes.
September 18, 2019, 3:16 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Brett Dawson of The Athletic believes that Nerlens Noel could see a slight bump in minutes if the Thunder limit Steven Adams' usage.
Noel is a great per-minute producer of steals and blocks but only appeared in 13.7 minutes per contest last season. Additional playing time would make him more useful in deeper leagues.
Source: Brett Dawson of The Athletic
June 19, 2019, 4:03 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
According to Jake Fischer of SI, the Thunder are looking to shed salaries of players like Steven Adams, Dennis Schroeder and Andre Roberson to get under the salary cap and are willing to toss in the No. 21 pick to sweeten the deal.
Fischer isn't typically a big newsbreaker but there have been several stories indicating that the Thunder are attempting to shed some salary. Steven Adams has two more years on his contract that will pay him a total of $53M. Despite the big price tag, there will be interest in the Kiwi by some teams with cap space in need of a rim protector, especially when the Thunder throw in a first round pick.
Source: Jake Fischer on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 2:37 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams said that he is focused on improving his current role this summer and not expanding his game, unless the team asks him to.
This is notable for a few reasons as the league's big men continue to evolve into the stretch-five territory. Adams has been a steady presence in the paint for the Thunder the past few seasons and will look to improve on the 13.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.0 block, 1.5 steals average line he posted this past season.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter
April 17, 2019, 1:23 amSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams went 7-for-8 from the floor (though just 2-for-5 from the line) on his way to 16 points, nice rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.
Adams was solid again in this one. He should be set for another good game as the Thunder return home for Game 3 on Friday night.
April 16, 2019, 2:39 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
When asked if there’s time during a playoff series to get together and hang out with Blazers' Center Enes Kanter, Steven Adams replied, “Yeah, there is. But I don’t wanna.”
Kanter and Adams are good friends, having played together on the Thunder for two-and-a-half seasons. After the way that Kanter bullied Adams in the Blazers' Game 1 victory, Adams looks to be all business as his Thunder try to even the series in Game 2 on Tuesday.
Source: Royce Youngon Twitter
April 14, 2019, 6:44 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams scored 17 points with nine boards, one assist and three steals in Sunday's loss to the Blazers.
Adams was great defensively in this one but Portland's shooting was too good combined with the Thunder's shooting being too lackluster. Adams also lost the battle with former teammate Enes Kanter in what should be a great matchup to watch the rest of the series.
April 11, 2019, 4:14 amSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams (right shoulder soreness) left and returned to Wednesday's finale against the Bucks, but logged just 12 minutes on the night.
Adams took a rough fall but it also looked like the Thunder were slow playing his minutes prior to the fall, too. He's been banged up throughout the season and eventually that will catch up with him, but it's anybody's guess when or if that's happening anytime soon. Adams finished the year as a top-50 player and logged 80 games despite all the bumps and bruises.
April 10, 2019, 9:38 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams (right shoulder soreness) has returned to Wednesday's ball game against the Bucks.
Within less than 10 minutes of being ruled out, the leagues toughest player is back out there. You're free to move along from this one.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter
April 10, 2019, 9:28 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams (right shoulder soreness) is questionable to return in the second half of Wednesday's game against the Bucks.
Markeiff Morris will start at center in his place. Adams must have injured it some time during the first half of this game, and could be considered questionable heading into OKC's first playoff game if he doesn't get back out there tonight.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
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