After much speculation, the Russell Westbrook sweepstakes are officially over, and the Rockets have won.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder have agreed to send Westbrook to Houston for CP3 and a massive haul of picks.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
The blockbuster move replaces Paul with the younger and more athletic Westbrook, reuniting him with his former teammate James Harden.
The Rockets could very well win it all with a lineup of Westbrook, Harden, House Jr, Tucker and Capela with Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers, and Gerald Green. Meanwhile, for the Thunder, it sets them up for a hard rebuild. After trading Paul George and Russ, the team is set with myriads of future picks and a savvy pass-first point guard in Gilgeous-Alexander. Chris Paul can still offer his basketball genius to the young guns in Oklahoma City.
It is a win-win for both sides, and one that has shaken the balance of power once again in the loaded Western Conference.