REPORT: OKC trades Russell Westbrook to the Rockets

The OKC Thunder were unknowingly pushed into a rebuild after Paul George and Kawhi Leonard worked together to team up in LA. Today, the last domino of the OKC foundation finally fell.

The Thunder reportedly traded away Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul and several first round draft picks.

With that, the Westbrook era in OKC ends. He was the last remaning remnant from the team that Sam Presti built via the draft. James Harden and Serge Ibaka left via trade and Kevin Durant left in free agency. Through all that, Westbrook remained a constant for the team. Now, he gets to start anew.

After George left, the Thunder were actively shopping Westbrook with the Miami Heat emerging as contenders. From out of nowhere the Houston Rockets swooped in to acquire the multi-talented guard. Westbrook reunites with former teammate James Harden in Houston to form a triple-double back court like no other in the league.

There are a lot of questions regarding the fit of Westbrook and the long term viability of this partnership given their contracts. But Harden and to an extent, Westbrook have proven that they can play alongside superstar teammates pretty well.

As for the Thunder, they now have a stash of future first round picks unlike any other team before them. They wee able to turn George and Westbrook into multiple additional draft picks and pick swaps. These picks will play a key role in rebuilding a team via the draft or through quick trades for unhappy superstars.

The final piece of the puzzle is Paul. The veteran point guard goes from a championship situation to a rebuilding one. There’s no doubt that Paul wants to compete for a championship so OKC isn’t the right team for him. But with several years and more than a hundred million left in his contract, it will be difficult to move him. It remains to be seen where Paul eventually lands.

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