Steven Adams

Steven Adams reportedly agrees to $50 million extension with New Orleans Pelicans

This week, Adams was sensationally traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder after seven years at the NBA club, since making his debut back in 2013 when he was the 12th overall pick in the draft that year.

The two-year extension is reportedly worth US$35 million (NZ$50.16m), according to ESPN.

Adams, 27, had one year remaining on his four-year deal with the Thunder, reportedly worth US$100m (NZ$143.3m).

According to ESPN, Adams will still bank US$27.58m (NZ$39.52) in the upcoming 2020-21 season.

Kiwi Steven Adams snubbed again for All-Star game

The NBA announced the reserves for the East and Western Conferences on Friday, with Adams missing out to the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nikola Jokic on the West bench.

The road to his first All-Star call-up was always a steep one for the OKC fan favourite against such quality big men, including Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert, who also missed selection. 

The Western Conference bench will be represented by Towns, Aldridge, Jokic, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard.

Instagram blunder lands Steven Adams in strife

At least, if his story is to be believed, one of his sizeable fingers has.

Adams was sprung liking an Instagram comment which said "all of them except Melo" on a post asking fans to choose the most valuable Thunder player between Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and himself.

The 24-year-old promptly realised his mistake and reached out to Oklahoma City staff to clarify it was simply one of his big fingers which had accidentally hit the "like" button.

NBA season over for Steven Adams

The Thunder were beaten 96-91 by the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City to lose the series 4-2.

Adams scored 19 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in the loss.

Russell Westbrook scored a game high 46 points for the Thunder, but missed numerous 3-point attempts to try and tie the game up as the clock ran down.

Adams and Westbrook were the only players in the Thunder lineup to reach double figures in scoring.

Rookie Donovan Mitchell led the way for the home team with 38 points.

Adams strong again in bounce-back win for Thunder

Lofty centre Adams had a second straight double-double, notching 17 points and 11 rebounds, as the Thunder took their season record to 2-2 with the victory at Chesapeake Arena on Thursday (NZ time).

The 24-year-old made eight of his 13 shots and added two blocks and two steals in a typically busy all-round effort.

It was a welcome result for Oklahoma City, who started their 2017-18 campaign with a win against the New York Knicks but had since gone down to both the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Adams on the move?

Adams' team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, are reportedly chasing the signature of New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony according to The Ringer.

For the Thunder to acquire Anthony, a 10-time NBA All Star, they'd need to trade one of their players to free up salary cap space.

Last year Adams signed a four-year deal with the Thunder worth $140m while his teammate, Enes Kanter, signed a deal close to $100m back in 2015.

Adams averaged 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season for the Thunder, up from 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds the year before.

'It wasn’t about the gold' - Steven Adams

RNZ reports the basketballer is in New Zealand for the NBA off season and to launch the first of three training camps.

The seven-footer said it was emotional seeing his sister return from knee surgery and then go on to compete at the Games.

"Everybody says it's disappointing [she didn't win the gold medal], but it wasn't about the gold.

"She looked like she went out there and really enjoyed it. She just looked happy competing again. That's the biggest thing."