Steven Adams on Paul George: ‘I Just Show Up and Whoever’s on the Team, Cool’

From left, Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George (13), Russell Westbrook (0) and Steven Adams (12), pose for a photo during an NBA basketball media day in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have been a part of some of the biggest offseason moves in the NBA over the past few years, but none of it seems to matter to Steven Adams. 

The center explained that he was one of the last to find out that Paul George re-signed with the team in July.

“I don’t keep up with that s–t, mate,” Adams said, per Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated. “I’m f–king terrible. I just show up and whoever’s on the team, cool.”

While George and Russell Westbrook were smoking cigars in celebration, Adams was likely out of the loop in New Zealand.

It’s probably nice not to be tied down to social media, especially during the offseason with non-stop rumors floating about where the top free agents are going. On the other hand, it’s a wonder Adams even knows Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and James Harden have left the Thunder.

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October 15, 2018 at 06:21PM

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Knicks News: Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks Fail to Reach Contract Extension

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks looks on during their Open Practice on September 29, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Kristaps Porzingis will reportedly be a restricted free agent next offseason.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN.com, the New York Knicks will not sign their star big man to a rookie contract extension before Monday’s deadline. While that means he will be a restricted free agent and could sign an offer sheet elsewhere, the team can still match the offer and keep him in the Big Apple.

What’s more, declining to sign Porzingis’ rookie extension will create an additional $10 million in cap space for next offseason when “the Knicks plan to pursue top free agents,” per Begley. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard are among the players who could test the open market next summer.

        

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October 15, 2018 at 04:20PM

Bobby Portis, Bulls Fail to Reach Agreement on Contract Extension

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 03:  Bobby Portis #5 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball during a preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum on October 3, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis is set to be a restricted free agent following the 2018-19 NBA season after he and the team failed to agree to an extension before Monday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline, the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson reported.

Portis’ agent, Mark Bartelstein, remained upbeat about the situation.

We had very positive talks,” Bartelstein said. “These are hard extensions to get done. A lot of effort was put in by both sides. At the end, we said, ‘Let’s revisit this in the spring.’

        

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October 15, 2018 at 04:06PM

Devin Booker to Play in Suns’ Opener vs. Mavericks After Hand Injury

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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Phoenix Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov said guard Devin Booker will play in Wednesday’s season-opener against the Dallas Mavericks after recovering from hand surgery, according to Duane Rankin of AZ Central.

Booker underwent surgery to repair his fifth metacarpophalangeal joint on his right hand in September and missed the entire preseason, but he is apparently healthy enough to return for the first game of the regular season. 

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October 15, 2018 at 02:26PM