NBA: Steven Adams stays with Oklahoma City Thunder at trade deadline

OKC Thunder centre Steven Adams.
OKC Thunder centre Steven Adams. Photo credit: Reuters

Kiwi Steven Adams will finish the NBA season with the Oklahoma City Thunder after the league's trade deadline passed on Friday (NZ time).

All season, Adams' name has been linked with a move to rival franchises, most notably the Atlanta Hawks. 

But the 26-year-old centre will stay with the franchise until the end of the season at least as the deadline to trade players passed at 9am. 

Adams has been with the Thunder his entire career since being taken with the 12th pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

Following the losses of Russell Westbrook and Paul Geroge in the off-season, many expected the Thunder to struggle this season, but they're proving the doubters wrong, sitting sixth in the Western Conference standings at 31-20, and looking in good shape for the playoffs. 

Adams remains the second-highest-paid player on the Thunder roster, earning US$25.8 million (NZ$39.9 million) this season. 

In 45 games this season, Adams is averaging 10.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

Meanwhile, Atlanta acquired centres Clint Capela and Dewayne Dedmon on Thursday.

The Thunder didn't make any trades before the deadline despite the interest in Adams, and teammate Danilo Gallinari, who was being targeted by the Miami Heat. 

The biggest move of the NBA trade deadline saw the Golden State Warriors send guard D'Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for former No.1 pick Andrew Wiggins and draft picks. 

The Detroit Pistons - who the Thunder play in their next game on Saturday - traded two-time All-Star centre Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers.