25 Jul 2017

Adams on the move?

3:56 pm on 25 July 2017

New Zealand basketballer Steven Adams has been linked with a trade move to the New York Knicks in the NBA according to reports out of America.

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Steven Adams is reportedly on the move to New York Photo: AFP

Adams' team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, are reportedly chasing the signature of New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony according to The Ringer.

For the Thunder to acquire Anthony, a 10-time NBA All Star, they'd need to trade one of their players to free up salary cap space.

Last year Adams signed a four-year deal with the Thunder worth $140m while his teammate, Enes Kanter, signed a deal close to $100m back in 2015.

Adams averaged 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season for the Thunder, up from 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds the year before.

The 24-year-old center also averaged close to 30 minutes per game over the season, up from 25.

Carmelo Anthony playing for the USA at the Summer Olympics.

Carmelo Anthony. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Anthony meanwhile averaged 22 points in the Knicks' regular season, along with 5.9 rebounds and close to three assists per game.

While an NBA championship title has eluded Anthony, the 33-year-old small forward has been part of three successful Olympic campaigns, guiding the USA to gold from 2008 to 2016.

The Oklahoma City Thunder recently acquired Indiana Pacers star Paul George to partner 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook.

-RNZ