This weekend has been pretty hectic for the Oklahoma City Thunder due to their blockbuster trade involving Paul George. If saying goodbye to the All-Star forward was tough, then we can only imagine how hard it might be for the franchise to move on from Russell Westbrook.
Over the course of his career in Oklahoma City, Westbrook has always showed tremendous grit. Despite losing his former co-star in Kevin Durant, he never gave up on the front office.
Westbrook has averaged a triple-double for three-straight seasons in Oklahoma City. In 2017, he won MVP as he averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game.
Nonetheless, it might be time for the franchise to consider moving on from its most prolific player.
In the event that Westbrook is shipped out of Oklahoma City, here are a few rumored landing spots:
Trading Westbrook to Orlando might not be the flashiest headline, but the franchise could use a superstar guard to pair with its loaded frontcourt.
The Magic re-signed Nikola Vucevic this offseason, following an incredible season where he blossomed into an All-Star. Vucevic playing alongside Westbrook in a winnable Eastern Conference could be dangerous.
Orchestrating a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler may end up being Miami’s only move, yet the front office shouldn’t stop there. They have an expiring contract in Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow on a reasonable salary, which would help them absorb Westbrook’s $170 million remaining on his deal.
It’s hard to envision the Heat trading Tyler Herro or Bam Adebayo, however, a duo of Butler and Westbrook might be too intriguing to pass up.
Minnesota thought it would land D’Angelo Russell in free agency. Unfortunately, the All-Star guard found his way to Golden State in a stunning trade.
Although the Timberwolves don’t have a bunch of young talent outside of Karl-Anthony Towns and Jarrett Culver, they have more than enough draft picks to gain Oklahoma City’s interest. But first, management might have to find someone to take on Andrew Wiggins’ massive contract.
Stay tuned for the latest.