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Adams dials up new phone after bumper deal

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/11/2016
NBA basketballer Steven Adams. © Getty Images NBA basketballer Steven Adams.

Steven Adams appears unfazed by signing a life-altering NBA deal, having dipped into his new mega-salary to purchase a phone.

Oklahoma City Thunder's New Zealand centre remained typically down to earth when journalists quizzed him on a deal which is reportedly for $US100 million ($NZ140 million) over four years.

Thunder management wouldn't provide details about the deal concluded on Monday but it almost certainly makes Adams New Zealand's top-paid sportsman by a large margin.

The 23-year-old revealed he ruined his old phone at a crucial time last week when contract talks were heating up.

"I dropped my phone in the cold tub and it didn't work for the past three days - and stuff was going on," he said.

"My agent was trying to contact me and I was like 'I can't, I'm sorry'.

"So that was my purchase yesterday. I got a nice phone."

It was up to Thunder teammate Victor Olapido, who also extended his stay with another huge deal, to pass serious comment on Adams' decision to stay in Oklahoma City.

He says Adams is the ideal player to build the franchise around.

"He's a huge asset here. He's been here for four years and he's grown here," Olapido said.

"He deserves every penny he's got. He works harder than pretty much all the bigs (centres) I've been around.

"He doesn't go outside his comfort zone, he doesn't try to do too much. It's hard to find players like that."

The unbeaten Thunder face the Clippers in Los Angeles on Thursday (NZT).

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