The Steven Adams trade has been completed. Shams Charania of The Athletic tweeted out the full details of the four team trade that moved Steven Adams to New Orleans.
Trade complete:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 22, 2020
MIL: Jrue Holiday, No. 60 pick Sam Merrill
NOLA: Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, ‘25/'27 1sts, ‘24/'26 swaps via MIL
OKC: George Hill, Josh Gray, Kenrich Williams, Zylan Cheatham, Darius Miller, ‘23 protected 1st via Denver, two 2nd round picks
DEN: RJ Hampton
We already knew that George Hill, Darius Miller and three draft picks were heading to Oklahoma City. However, the Pelicans added three additional players in order to make the trade financially work.
All three players were signed and traded to Oklahoma City with three year contracts where the final two years are likely non-guaranteed. It is effectively a one year deal for the Thunder given the very small cost of cutting the non-guaranteed contract.
The three new players heading to the Thunder are Josh Gray, Kenrich Williams, Zylan Cheatham. All three are relative unknowns in the NBA.
Gray went undrafted in 2016 and has spent the majority of the time since then playing in the G League and overseas. The Pelicans signed him to a two way deal in July 2019 and he averaged 22.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG and 7.3 APG in 37 games with the Erie Bayhawks. Gray won the scoring title for the 2020 G League season.
Williams is the best of the trio. He also went undrafted in 2018 and signed with the Pelicans, where he has spent the last two seasons. In 85 career NBA games, Williams has averaged 4.9 PPG and 4.8 RPG. Kenrich Williams is a scrappy wing defender who has some shooting ability.
Cheatham went undrafted in 2019 and signed a two way deal with the Pelicans in July 2019. Cheatham spent most of last season with the Bayhawks and averaged an impressive 16.3 point and 11.9 rebound double double. Cheatham can also stretch the floor a bit as he shot 33.3% from three on 2.6 attempts a game.
All three players are older than the Thunder would like, with Gray being 27 and the other two 25; so expecting them to develop into something more is not realistic. In terms of ceiling, they project as role players.
Given the size of the roster, all three will fight it out during training camp to earn a roster spot. At this moment in time, Oklahoma City are hard-capped due to the number of players under contract. The Thunder will need to start waiving salaries to get under the roster limit.
There will be a serious fight to earn a spot on the Thunder’s roster in training camps. Players could end up starting the year with the Oklahoma City Blue or they could be out of the league. Training camp will dictate how the chips fall.