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Report: Thunder trading center Steven Adams to Pelicans 

Stan Van Gundy can form his [expletive] wall in New Orleans now.

The Pelicans are trading for bruising Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The 6-foot-11, 265-pound New Zealander will join 6-foot-6, 284-pound Zion Williamson — the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft — in a formidable New Orleans frontcourt.

Adams moves into the starting center spot vacated by Derrick Favors, who left for a three-year deal from the Utah Jazz in free agency. Adams may also be an upgrade. He consistently ranks among the league’s leaders in screen assists on offense and holds opponents well below their season averages around the rim. His impact is felt beyond his 10.9 rebounds (59.2 FG%, 58.2 FT%), 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

The Thunder have long been rumored to be shopping Adams, but the four-year, $100 million extension he signed in 2016 made that difficult in past seasons. He is now entering the final year of that contract, making his $27.5 million contract a potential asset should a star player become available before the trade deadline.

Check back soon for more details.

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