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Russell Westbrook Has Message For Paul George After Clippers Trade

Russell Westbrook dribbles up the court for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 01: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder brings the ball up the court against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on November 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

As of now, Russell Westbrook is once again without an All-Star running mate in Oklahoma City. The Thunder shocked the NBA last night, trading Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers in a move that coincided with that team's acquisition of NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

Down the stretch of his free agency, it looked like the Clippers were on the outside looking in for Leonard, and that he would either stay with the Toronto Raptors or join LeBron James and Anthony Davis with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Paul George trade seems to shifted the entire situation for him.

This leaves Westbrook, once again, as a lone star on the Thunder. The team previously traded away James Harden as he was entering his prime, and lost Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors.

The team's acquisition of George from the Indiana Pacers, when he demanded a trade and seemed poised to head to Los Angeles, was supposed to keep the team's window open. When he re-signed with the team last off-season, it was viewed as a huge win for general manager Sam Presti and company.

After two quick playoff flame outs, this trade may signal a serious retooling, if not an outright tear down for the Thunder.

Russell Westbrook took to Instagram to respond to Paul George's message to Thunder fans on his way out.

It is much different than the chilly response to Durant's departure a few years ago, even with reports indicating that George helped push for a trade to his native Los Angeles.

"Love Brodie!! You know what it is!" wrote Westbrook in a comment on George's Instagram post.

The main difference here, of course, is that Westbrook could be on the way out as well.

The Thunder are bringing in five first round picks and two pick swaps in the George trade. Westbrook could add even more draft capital, giving the team even more assets to stack.

The point guard and his agent are reportedly discussing a possible move with the Thunder front office, with the Miami Heat being floated as a "team to watch," according to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.