Source: Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams took time to speak to the media after the playoffs, answering questions about injuries, his iconic look and the growing popularity of basketball here in New Zealand.
While Steven Adams may be bemoaning the news that Kevin Durant will be leaving his Oklahoma City Thunder, he could also smile at the potential salary he could now receive.
Money spent in the early days of free agency provided an indication that Adams’s 2017 salary would be even more astronomical than previously thought, and now with the news of Durant’s leaving, it’s almost etched. in marble.
With Durant leaving, Oklahoma won’t want to lose any more key players, coupled with the fact that not signing Durant opens up a plethora of ceiling spaces.
The NBA’s salary cap for the 2016-17 season was set at $ 94.1 million, a huge jump from last season that led to the huge offers given to free agency players.
The cap last season was $ 70 million. The increase is largely due to increased revenue from the league’s new domestic television deals, worth around $ 2.5 billion a year, which begin next season.
Dan Dibley of 95.7 The Game in San Fran – speaks at Crowd Goes WIld Breakfast on Durant Trade:
The salary cap will rise again to $ 110 million at the end of next season.
Adams becomes a restricted free agent at the end of next season, which means other teams can offer him contracts, but the Thunder can match or offer more and he will be even more valuable this season after Durant leaves.
Already this season, players far less valuable than Adams have received big contracts as teams struggle to try and spend the extra cap money.
Adams currently earns $ 3.15 million per season, but estimates as recently as May that suggest Adams will receive a four-year contract in the range of $ 15 million per year ($ 22 million ) now appear to be well below target. Considering the playoff performances that followed those predictions and considering the scale of contracts awarded over the past 24 hours, Adams appears in a position to secure a maximum contract.
For a player with less than six years of experience, that figure will start at $ 22 million ($ 30 million). In other words, Adams could, over the course of his contract, earn the same amount as the current pool of New Zealand rugby players ($ 121 million over three years).
If Oklahoma City is unwilling to offer such a sum – and all indications suggest the Thunder want to lock up a player they drafted in 12th overall – Adams will not be short of contenders.
Dan Dibley on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, told the Crowd Goes Wild Breakfast that Adams is going to have a big problem no matter what.
âI think Oklahoma City is going to be forced to open the bank account and I think he’s going to stay there,â Dibley said.
“If you are Steven Adams you are in a unique situation where you are one of the few who have shown the ability to do well on both sides of the court so he will be paid no matter what.”
Meanwhile, Oklahoma fans are understandably furious with Durant’s decision and have already started burning their shirts.