Everyone talks about Russell Westbrook and where he will play next season. He is a free agent next summer, and after they lost Kevin Durant, Oklahoma doesn't want to make the same mistake.
With Victor Oladipo, Steven Adams and Enes Kanter, the Beastbrook will have one of the best seasons in the NBA and he will probably score more than 28 points per game (when Oklahoma played without Durant, he had 28.1 pts per game, NBA Season 14/15), but that is just an individual satisfaction for him and nothing more than that.
They are not stronger than Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs. Even the Clippers are better than Oklahoma Thunder at this moment.
The future for Sam Presti and Oklahoma City is not so bright, because with Westbrook they will maybe play in the NBA Playoffs, but they can't win against the Warriors and Spurs. They will get an average pick and everything will be the same. They can't win without an another superstar.
Sam Presti drafted Kevin Durant (2007), Jeff Green (2007), Serge Ibaka (2008), Russell Westbrook (2008) and James Harden (2009). A few years later, only Russell Westbrook is here... and they have a problem if he doesn't want to sign a new contract with them (of course he will not sign, because he wants a ring, not just a max deal).
Recently, I wrote about Russell Westbrook and Los Angeles Lakers, and that deal could be a good one for the OKC.
Just a few days after, everyone talks about Westbrook and Boston Celtics. There is no team with more assets to trade than the Celtics, so it's almost inevitable for them to come up in any trade rumors.
According to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, rival GMs believe the Thunder will trade Westbrook and one likely destination for the All-Star guard is the Boston Celtics:
What I'm hearing here in Las Vegas from some GMs is that, not only do they think that Westbrook will get traded, that it will be sooner than later -- probably before the season starts -- and that the most likely destination right now would be the Boston Celtics.
What can they offer for him? Boston has the right to swap its 2017 1st round pick for Brooklyn's 2017 1st round pick, and they can offer the future 1st round pick (from the Nets), Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and 2018 unprotected first round draft pick from Brooklyn. Is this a fair offer? More than fair, but they could also save some assets and try to offer them for Blake Griffin this off-season.
Oklahoma City Thunder and Sam Presti must rebuild their roster and they can only do that via draft picks or if they could get some young players (Marcus Smart, Zach LaVine, etc).
Adding Westbrook to the Celtics would instantly allow them to challenge LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers in the East. With Al Horford, Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown and Russell Westbrook, they still need one more addition to become the force in the Eastern Conference, and we recently wrote about the rumors between Blake Griffin and the Boston Celtics.
It will be very interesting to see the Thunder' decision about Russell Westbrook. Maybe they will gamble again and try to sign 5-years deal with him, but I really don't see Russell Westbrook to stay in Oklahoma City.