Less than a week after the shocking news of Paul George’s demanded trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Oklahoma City Thunder has traded foundational member and starting point Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets.
In return for Westbrook, the Thunder receives Chris Paul, an aging point guard with 3 years left on his contract set to payout a total of $124 million and yet another slew of first-round draft picks in the future, which is just another sign that GM Sam Presti is fully focused on a complete rebuild.
After multiple other teams in the league, specifically the Miami Heat, had emerged as favorites to trade for Westbrook, the Rockets ended up winning in the end due to the relationship between he and former teammate James Harden.
The move undoubtedly makes the Rockets one of the favorites to win the West, not to mention the NBA Finals. Meanwhile, Thunder nation will not only be forced to recover from the loss of its most beloved player but also prepare for the inevitable lack of a postseason for the foreseeable future.
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