On Thursday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder made another trade that shocked the NBA world.
Just six days after trading Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers for a record number of draft picks, general manager Sam Presti was back at it.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder shipped Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for point guard Chris Paul and two first-round picks.
Oklahoma City also owns pick swaps in 2021 and 2025.
NBA insider Shams Charania gave the full breakdown of the picks sent to Oklahoma City.
Here’s the breakdown of picks:
The 2024 first round pick is protected No. 1-4, 2026 first round pick protected from 1-4. 2025 swap through 1-20. 2021 swap protected from No. 1-4 — OKC can swap Clippers pick or Heat pick,” Shams said.
Sources: Pick protections in Thunder/Rockets, Russell Westbrook/Chris Paul trade:
2024 first round pick, protected 1-4
2026 first round pick, protected 1-4
2025 swap, 1-20 protected
2021 swap, protected 1-4 — OKC can swap Clippers pick or Heat pick.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 12, 2019
Westbrook and general manager Sam Presti reportedly worked on the trade together. The star point guard reportedly wanted to play alongside former teammate James Harden and Presti made it happen.
Now Chris Paul sits as one of the lone veterans among a hoard of rookies and young players acquired by the Thunder in free agency.
The Thunder are in full rebuild mode as the Rockets look to keep pace in a crowded Western Conference.
Stay tuned for the latest.