Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that based on conversations among Westbrook, his agent and the Thunder, for the first time the team is receptive toward trade calls on the 2017 NBA MVP.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski: “Story filed to ESPN: In aftermath of Paul George’s departure, OKC star Russell Westbrook is welcoming to idea of Sam Presti engineering a trade that would bring an end to his illustrious 11-year Thunder tenure. Miami’s expressed interest, a destination that appeals to Westbrook.”
Wojnarowski recently said: “The Thunder had been willing to pursue a package of Russell Westbrook and Paul George to the Raptors, but no talks ever gained traction.” He then explained that the Raptors didn’t have the assets to satisfy the Thunder, with or without Pascal Siakam in any proposed deal.
Per Legion Hoops: “The Wolves are engaged in trade talks for Russell Westbrook – per league source.
Minnesota has made it clear to Oklahoma City management they can clear enough cap space to work a deal for Westbrook, immediately.”
The Thunder traded George to the Clippers for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, four unprotected first round picks, one protected first round pick and two pick swaps and while OKC now has a lot to build their future around, it also makes many wonder if keeping Westbrook should be their long-term plan.
Russell Westbrook is under contract through 2022-23 and he has a player option in 2022. He’s set to make $38.5 million next season. The star point guard averaged a triple-double for the third straight season but he struggled with his shot in the playoffs, making just 36.0 percent of his field goal attempts and 32.4 percent of his 3-pointers while getting outplayed by Damian Lillard in five games of their first round series against the Trail Blazers.
Russell Westbrook’s Team For Game 1 of the 2019-20 NBA Season?
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