• Steven Adams has served as the Thunder's starting big man 
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder are still in the playoff picture despite being in a rebuilding phase
  • The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks are possible locations for the center if he's traded 

The February 6 trade deadline is drawing nearer and teams are looking for possible deals to improve their roster. With the increasing pressure that the second half of the season holds, teams fighting for a playoff contention are currently gunning for a pivotal deal that can cement their post-season berth.

The Oklahoma City Thunder is among these teams as they sit currently at 7th place in the Western Conference. They were expected to rebuild in this season as they traded away the once in a generational player Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets. Ironically enough the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder are neck and neck in the standings with the Texas-based squad only ahead by a couple of games at 31-18.

But with the Oklahoma City Thunder performing well despite the league’s expectations, they have a couple of assets to move around for their future. One big piece that they can have a big return is their beloved starting center, Steven Adams. The former 12th overall pick has been in discussion for possible trade scenarios as he’s serviceable on the defensive and rebounding end.

The Boston Celtics could use his skills especially in the deeper end of the playoffs. While the Boston Celtics have Enes Kanter and Daniel Thies to take the reigns of the frontcourt, having the presence of Steven Adams can add to the depth of their team. He’s averaging a block per game and can easily put up nine to ten rebounds per outing.

Another team looking for his services is the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks have been in the trade talks with how they’ve been eyeing Detroit Piston's big man Andre Drummond. Although the momentum of that speculation has dwindled down, the Atlanta Hawks are still pursuing talent to shake up their squad.

They sit at last place in the Eastern Conference with a 13-37 record. They’ve already made a deal earlier this season with Jeff Teague returning to his former team. A trade for the center position is still likely for their young team and the 26-year-old Steven Adams might be able to fill their needs as they rebuild.

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Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dribbles past Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images