Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams is being tipped to be traded by Oklahoma City, following their latest defeat that sees the Thunder trail their first round play-offs series against the Portland Trail Blazers 3-1.
Yesterday's loss leaves the Thunder just one defeat away from their 2018/19 season being over, with Adams potentially emerging as a scapegoat for their current predicament.
Speaking on his Bill Simmons Podcast, the former ESPN analyst pointed the finger solely at Adams for the Thunder's woes, suggesting it's time Oklahoma City move the Kiwi on.
"The guy they are going to have to trade is Adams who has been really, really disappointing … not only in this series but down the stretch too," Simmons said.
"This is a series where he is by far the best big man and he's not really having an impact on it. I've seen nothing from him this series.
"I don't know what kind of physical shape he's in but that's the way they have to think. Adams is probably the fall guy coming out of this because they are not going to break up Russell Westbrook and Paul George."
Adams, 25, is currently earning a whopping $25 million per season on a four year contract. A potential departure would allow the Thunder to spend big money elsewhere on their roster.
Game five of the Thunder-Trail Blazers series takes place tomorrow NZT.