On Thursday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder shocked the NBA world once again by pulling off a blockbuster trade.
The Thunder shipped former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets. In return, Oklahoma City received point guard Chris Paul, two first-round picks and two future pick swaps.
While the trade took the NBA world by surprise, it was a move that had been in the works for months.
According to a report from the Houston Chronicle, Westbrook approached the Oklahoma City front office to ask for a trade following the 2018-19 season.
After the Portland Trail Blazers bounced the Thunder from the playoffs, the veteran point guard reportedly “broached the subject” of a trade with general manager Sam Presti.
From the report:
Westbrook met with the Thunder front office this week to say he would welcome a trade following Paul George’s departure to the Clippers. But an individual with knowledge of the talks said Westbrook initially broached the subject after OKC’s season ended with a first-round loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
After Oklahoma City shipped Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, it was just a matter of time before Westbrook was out as well.
Now, the Thunder are reportedly hoping to find a trade partner for Chris Paul.
The summer of wheeling and dealing isn’t over just yet for Sam Presti and company.