REPORT: Pels add Steven Adams as part of Jrue Holiday trade
NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - The New Orleans Pelicans are adding Steven Adams from the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a now four-team trade from the original Jrue Holiday and Milwaukee Bucks deal that occurred earlier in the week.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the original Holiday trade to the Bucks is to feature more teams and players, including the routing of Adams to the Pelicans.
The 6-foot-11 center is heading to New Orleans in exchange for a protected first-round pick and two future picks, according to sources. Adams, 27, is in the final year of a contract set to pay him $27.58 million in 2020-21. Last season, he averaged 10.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Thunder.
The Pelicans also picked up a 2023 lottery-protected first-round pick from the Denver Nuggets on draft night for the No. 24 overall pick, RJ Hampton, sources said.
The No. 24 overall pick was originally the Bucks’ and one of three first-round picks the Pelicans received as part of the Holiday trade.
The deal still has lots of moving parts and still has work to finish before it’s completely done, according to Wojnarowski.
Also part of the trade, Eric Bledsoe is staying with the Pelicans.
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