The OKC Thunder Look to Be Interested in Trading Steven Adams, Dennis Schroder, & Andre Roberson
The OKC Thunder are coming off a 49-33 record and a first-round NBA Playoffs exit. Instead of keeping the team intact, the Thunder are looking to move three key role players.
Center Steven Adams, point guard Dennis Schroder, and small forward/shooting guard Andre Roberson are the players reportedly on the market. Sports Illustrated Jake Fischer let the news out and even says the Thunder could involve their 2019 No. 21 pick in the deal.
With the 2019 NBA Draft starting tomorrow who knows exactly what the Thunder are looking to do. With their superstars, Paul George and Russell Westbrook set to make over $71 million combined for the 2019-20 season they have to free up some cap space.
The Thunder are currently $16.6 million over the luxury tax according to Spotrac. If your unsure of how the luxury tax works take a look at this statement by ESPN’s Larry Coon.
“The luxury tax is a mechanism that helps control team spending. While it is commonly referred to as a ‘luxury tax,’ the CBA simply calls it a ‘tax’ or a ‘team payment.’ It is paid by high spending teams – those with a team salary exceeding a predetermined tax level. These teams pay a penalty for each dollar their team salary (with a few exceptions) exceeds the tax level.” – Larry Coon of ESPN
For a smaller team market like Oklahoma City that will be something to easily haunt them. Trading Adams will hurt the Thunder a lot and cause them to lose a solid big man who can rebound, defend, and run the break. Adams averaged a career-high 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals this season.
Without cap space to work with look for the Thunder to take a big hit not only to their starting lineup but with their bench as well.
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