Adams on trade from OKC: it isn’t like I died

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – OCTOBER 23: Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during a opening night game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 23, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Pelicans center Steven Adams met with New Orleans media Tuesday and expressed optimism that he was joining a franchise with plenty of upside.

“You have great talent, and a new coach (Stan Van Gundy),” said Adams.

Adams was acquired as part of the Jrue Holiday trade. Last season, in Oklahoma City, Adams averaged 10.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game in 63 games.

Adams signed a two year contract extension with New Orleans, keeping him here for three more seasons. He said his trade from Oklahoma City was “just part of the business.”

Adams will celebrate his 28th birthday in July.

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