Russell Westbrook has reportedly discussed his future with the Oklahoma City Thunder and everything points out we’re living the last moments of Brodie wearing a Thunder jersey.
Following the Paul George trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, rumors have surfaced suggesting that the next one on his way out of the Thunder is the All-Star point guard, who has spent his whole 11-year NBA career with OKC. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder will go through a complete rebuild this offseason and the time to part ways with Russ has come.
Even though some think that Russell won’t find suitors this summer given his hefty contract and style of play that wouldn’t fit in several teams across the league, there are organizations who consider the 2017 MVP as a very good asset to have on their roster.
In fact, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, and Houston Rockets could all be interested in landing Westbrook via trade.
“And while the mountains of money owed to Westbrook are known to have scared quite a few general managers away, sources say that Detroit and Miami are very real possibilities as potential landing spots for the 30-year-old eight-time All-Star,” Amick said.
“Rival executives have also pinpointed the Houston Rockets as a likely suitor, which would come as no surprise considering the way general manager Daryl Morey has prioritized the pursuit of stars during his entire career (not to mention the possible reunion between Westbrook and his old Thunder teammate James Harden). The notion of Westbrook sharing the floor with two other ball-dominant guards is unorthodox, to say the least, but Morey has long held the belief that landing as many elite players as possible is the path to championship glory.”
OKC has seen how their displays in the postseason haven’t been the best ever since Kevin Durant left. Not even pairing Paul George and Westbrook could take them to get past the first round of the playoffs, and now a change of air is probably the best for everybody.
Counting with Steven Adams, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari in addition to a bunch of first-round picks, the Thunder can build a very competitive team. Now they have to see what is the maximum they can get from a seemingly imminent Russell Westbrook trade.