Pelicans Land Steven Adams
via: NBA.

The Pelicans needed to find a Center to replace Derrick Favors and Jahlil Okafor, who left to the Jazz and Pistons, respectively, as soon as the free agency market began. 

Now, they have found someone, as one of the strongest players in the league is Louisiana bound. 

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski added that the transaction will be part of a larger deal that encompasses the Pelicans’ pending trade of Jrue Holiday to Milwaukee. It will also include a Draft pick from the Pelicans via Denver, who sent it to New Orleans in exchange for the Draft rights to RJ Hampton.

The Thunder have also acquired George Hill, Darius Miller and future picks, according to Wojnarowski.

The trade was so confusing with so many teams, players and draft picks involved, that even rookie RJ Hampton almost thought he was being traded again. The former New Zealand Breakers guard was drafted by Bucks with the 24 overall pick, and was traded to the Nuggets, after first being dealt to the Pelicans.

The 12th overall pick in the 2013 Draft, Adams averaged 10.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks for Oklahoma City last season. The 27 year-old stick with the roster as they transitioned all the way from Kevin Durant to Chris Paul.

There's still multiple question marks concerning the Pelicans free agency, including on whether or not they will give a max extension to All-Star Brandon Ingram. Regardless, adding Adams at the Center position to play along Zion Williamson could result in nightmares for every forward/center in the Western conference. 

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