The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to blockbuster trading to send Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets to unite him with James Harden. 2024 and 2026) and two pick swaps (2021 and 2025) to the Thunder, league sources told ESPN.
The rockets bring together two former MVP guards who started their career together with thunder. This was a deal Harden and Westbrook both loved.
Thunder's General Manager, Sam Presti, worked with Westbrook and his agent Thad Foucher to fulfill his hopes of playing with the Rockets. The Thunder also discussed a possible deal with the Miami Heat.
|2020:||2 (Eigen; DEN)|
||2 (Eigen; MIA; right to trade with HOU)|
|2022:||2 (own; LAC)|
|2023:||2 (own; MIA; right to trade with LAC)|
|2024:||3 (own; LAC; HOU)|
|2025:||1 (own right to exchange with LAC / HOU)|
|2026:||3 (own; LAC; HOU)|
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Oklahoma City have collected eight first-round tips since the June 20 NBA draft, creating a long game that has not been seen in recent NBA history.
The Thunder could continue working Find a new team for 34-year-old Paul, it said in the sources of the league. If the Thunder retain Paul, they have a representative lineup that currently includes him, center Steven Adams and striker Danilo Gallinari. Westbrook, 30, has four years and $ 171 million on his contract with a player option in the last year of his business, which should earn him $ 47 million if he chooses.
Following Paul George's dealings with the Los Angeles Clippers, Westbrook and Foucher collaborated with the Thunder to find an acceptable path for the future of Westbrook with the franchise. With the free agency effectively completed and Westbrook's list of preferred destinations extremely short, the timing of the negotiations hampered trade negotiations.
Nonetheless, the Thunder wanted to live up to Westbrook's wishes as much as possible, which meant primarily reuniting with former teammate Harden. While Westbrook found a deal in Houston that matched OKC's goal of rebuilding.
Westbrook was ranked fourth in 2008 by the Thunder (then Seattle SuperSonics) and holds 18,859 points and second place assists (6,897), third in rebounds (5,760) and steals (1,442) and fourth in Games (821) , In the Oklahoma City era, Westbrook consistently occupies first place.
Westbrook won the MVP in 2016-17, making NBA the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to score an average triple-double. Westbrook broke the Robertson triple-doubles in a season of 42, scoring an average of three double seasons in two consecutive seasons. Westbrook is the second-best player ever at Magic Johnson with 138 triple doubles, followed by Robertson (181).
Westbrook is one of only 10 players in NBA history to score 15,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists with an assisted single-franchise, seven of which are in the Hall of Fame. The other two are Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Since Westbrook was designed by OKC, only the Spurs (613) and Rockets (541) have more victories than the Thunder (538). Westbrook was part of a historic series of picks from The Thunder as the only team in NBA history to select three consecutive future MVPs (Kevin Durant, Westbrook and Harden). Since the debut of Westbrook, the Thunder are the only team to land three different players in the top 3 MVP votes (Durant, Westbrook and George). OKC has had 16 All-NBA selections since 2009, most in the NBA during that period.
The Thunder contested the playoffs in each of the three seasons of Westbrook and Harden, from the 8-seed season 2009/10 to the # 4 in 2010-11 to # 2 in 2011-12. They reached the NBA final in their final season and lost to Miami in five games before Oklahoma City exchanged Harden for Houston this October.
Westbrook will forever be associated with thunder as the face of the franchise and his loyalty to the organization in the wake of Durant's departure for the Golden State Warriors in 2016. Westbrook improved with OKC, stabilized the list and delivered a way forward, and then signed an extension of five years in 2017, at the time the biggest contract in NBA history.
Westbrook improved with OKC, stabilized the list and provided a way forward. Subsequently, in 2017, Westbrook signed an extension of five years.
Westbrook has the largest contract in NBA history Four years and $ 171 million remaining in the last year of its contract with a player option should be paid out to it $ 47 million.