Five Russell Westbrook Trades That Could Shake Up The NBA

Paul George standing with his hands on his head during a game

ESPN first reported the Thunder, Westbrook, and his agent, Thad Foucher, were having discussions about his future in Oklahoma City and the possibility of a trade before the start of the season. The Rockets would need to do some serious maneuvering, likely with a third team, to fit Westbrook's five-year, $206 million albatross under their cap. It will be even more hard this late in the offseason, but it is certainly possible if both sides are motivated to make it happen.

The move would reunite Westbrook and Harden, who were teammates on the Thunder before Harden was traded to Houston after Oklahoma City, which also featured NBA superstar Kevin Durant, lost to LeBron James-led Miami in the 2012 NBA Finals. With Blake Griffin as the team's standout star, the organization might be looking for another big name star that he could pair with. Striking out on Jimmy Butler doesn't seem to have deterred Houston's desire to improve.

A source said that Paul would not necessarily need to be involved in a deal that delivers Westbrook to the Rockets, although his $38.5 million salary is a flawless match with Westbrook's.

The Leonard-George switch to LA has raised many intriguing prospects for the National Basketball Association - not least the future of Russell Westbrook. While this is in line with the same max contracts players are getting this summer, Westbrook will be 34 years old by the time he hits free agency next.

The main problem might be Rockets point guard Chris Paul, who is still due $125 million over the next three years. It's unknown as to what the asking price is for Westbrook but considering he averages a triple-double, chances are its very high. However, despite his consistent dominance and huge numbers, the former MVP has proven last season that a team-up with a scoring guard like Paul George is not the structure that could win playoff games.



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