The Oklahoma City Thunder are already in contract extension talks with the representatives of center Steven Adams and guard Victor Oladipo, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical.
Adams was the Thunder’s choice in the 2013 NBA Draft with the 12th overall pick. Over four seasons, he has missed only 13 regular season games. In 21.7 minutes per contest, he has put up 6.3 points and six rebounds. He started 80 games for the Thunder last season, posting a 99.0 defensive rating as their primary rim protector.
The aforementioned reports indicate that the extension for Adams may be in the $100 million range. While this is a certainly quite the price tag, Adams did make a name for himself last season, particularly in the playoffs. Combined with the salary cap expected to top nine figures, his large extension is no surprise.
Oladipo has only played two games for Oklahoma City. The Thunder acquired the former No. 2 overall pick on draft night from the Orlando Magic in exchange for longtime starting power forward Serge Ibaka. He has put up 15.8 points on 43 percent shooting throughout his career. In two games with the Thunder, he has scored 10 and 21 points. His deal is reportedly being negotiated in the $80 million range.
In addition, Wojnarowski also reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves are negotiating with swingman Shabazz Muhammad and center Gorgui Dieng while the Charlotte Hornets are talking to big man Cody Zeller. The trio were selected at No. 21, No. 14 and No. 4 overall back in 2013, respectively. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is another likely candidate to be extended.
The extension deadline is Monday Oct. 31 at midnight. Players from the 2013 NBA Draft that are not extended will enter restricted free agency come the summer, allowing them to sign offer sheets with other teams.