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Report: Thunder signing Kenrich Williams to four-year, $27.2M contract extension

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kenrich Williams

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Kenrich Williams #34 of the Oklahoma City Thunder handles the ball during the game against the New York Knicks on February 14, 2022 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 2022 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Pelicans signed-and-traded Kenrich Williams to the Thunder to make salaries match in the larger multi-team Jrue Holiday-Bucks trade in 2020.

Williams turned into a keeper for Oklahoma City.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

This is quite the team-friendly deal.

But Williams earned minimum salaries his two seasons in New Orleans and is drawing just $2 million annually in the signed-and-traded three-year contract, which runs through the upcoming season. Williams is also already 27 after spending five years in college (four at TCU preceded by one at New Mexico Junior College) before entering the NBA as an undrafted free agent.

So, Williams had reason to secure this life-changing payday while he could.

The 6-foot-6 forward is a versatile defender with a decent all-around game. He could help the Thunder if they become ready to win in the next few years.

Or he could hold positive trade value once he can be dealt in six months.