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The Oklahoma City Thunder and center Steven Adams agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract extension Monday.
The deal cements Adams, 23, as a Thunder franchise cornerstone along with All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.
As part of the NBA’s 2013 draft Class, the extension keeps Adams out of restricted free agency next summer.
Before the NBA’s midnight ET deadline Tuesday for rookie contract extensions, the Thunder also reached a four-year, $84 million extension with guard Victor Oladipo.
In two games this season, Adams is averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. A native of New Zealand, Adams has distinguished himself as one of the most physical, imposing centers in the league.
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