Adams available, but Thunder said to have ‘set price too high’

Thunder center Steven Adams has averaged 13.9 points in each of the past two seasons.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are exploring the idea of trading veteran center Steven Adams, but it appears they may be asking for too much in return, according to a story by Sean Deveney of Heavy.com.

“They set the price too high,” a league executive told Deveney. “That’s what you’d expect and maybe it will drop as the year goes on. It’s tough to take on his contract (two years, $53 million remaining) and give up picks and players.

“Most teams are pretty well set at the center spot now, you have a big guy and you have your small lineup. You can’t just take on a contract like that. There isn’t a big number of teams who could take him.”

The Thunder spoke to the Sacramento Kings about a trade centered on Adams, Deveney reported, but those talks didn’t get very far once the names of Kings guard Buddy Hield and swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic were mentioned.

The Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics have also been linked to Adams, Deveney noted.

Adams, 26, is 7-foot-0 and has averaged 13.9 points in each of the last two seasons, appearing in 80 games last year. He is also coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 9.5 rebounds.

The Thunder traded Paul George and Russell Westbrook since the end of last season, and may try to do the same with Chris Paul, acquired from the Houston Rockets for Westbrook.