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Adams seals big new NBA deal with OKC

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/10/2016

New Zealand centre Steven Adams has signed a multi-year contract extension with Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA franchise has confirmed.

The extension was announced in tandem with another for guard Victor Oladipo.

"We are excited to extend our partnership with Steven and Victor," executive vice president and general manager Sam Presti said.

"Both players represent the Thunder's present and future, exhibiting the values that the Oklahoma community and our organisation hold in high regard: hard work, team first, resiliency and citizenship."

The statement on the OKC website did not mention terms of the deals, as per team policy.

However, US media have previously reported that the 23-year-old Adams was closing in on a $US100 million ($NZ140 million) agreement across four seasons, making him easily New Zealand's highest paid sportsperson.

In three and a bit seasons with the Thunder, Adams has made 234 appearances, averaging 6.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.00 block in 21.7 minutes.

During the Thunder's run to the 2016 Conference Finals, he recorded six double-doubles and averaged 10.1 points and 9.5 rebounds in 22 post-season games.

As a sign of his increasing influence, through three games so far this season, he is averaging 13.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in 34.9 minutes of action.

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