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Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to Rockets: Analyzing Oklahoma City’s rebuild

Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to Rockets: Analyzing Oklahoma City’s rebuild 1

The Thunder roster underwent a whole overhaul in lower than per week.

Oklahoma Metropolis accomplished its third main current commerce when it despatched Russell Westbrook to the Rockets on Thursday in change for 2 future first-round choices, two decide swaps and Chris Paul, in keeping with a report from ESPN.

Westbrook was the second top-level participant the Thunder despatched away this summer time. They moved Paul George – who completed third within the MVP voting in 2018-19 – to the Clippers and obtained 5 first-round choices, two decide swaps, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari in return.

The Thunder then despatched ahead Jerami Grant to the Nuggets for one more first-round decide.

Within the blink of an eye fixed, the Thunder went from a crew that appeared to have championship aspirations to at least one getting into a rebuild. Oklahoma Metropolis completed 2018-19 with a 49-33 file, had two stars on its roster long run and a few strong surrounding expertise round them, together with Grant, Steven Adams and Dennis Schroder.

George, nevertheless, compelled the Thunder’s hand after he reportedly requested to be dealt in hopes of teaming up with Kawhi Leonard and the pair ended up collectively in Los Angeles.

After that commerce, the Thunder wanted to maneuver in a unique path they usually did fairly properly for themselves.

Oklahoma Metropolis acquired eight first-round picks over the past week and it ought to have the chance to draft loads of younger, controllable gamers to replenish its rotation. The crew might additionally elect to bundle a few of these picks in a deal for a unique star, ought to one develop into obtainable.

However, that is not all of the Thunder added. Gilgeous-Alexander is a promising guard with loads of upside. He might develop right into a greater than sufficient alternative for Westbrook, with a significantly better contract.

Gallinari is a dependable 3-and-D participant on an expiring deal. If the Thunder elect to carry onto him, he’ll be a constant contributor. If not, there is a good probability they’ll flip him for one more decide or younger participant.

Paul, in the meantime, is a nine-time All-Star who nonetheless gives worth as a scorer and distributor, regardless of the large sum of money remaining on his contract (three years, $124.1 million). He might nonetheless obtain curiosity on the commerce market and Oklahoma Metropolis might obtain further property if it decides to maneuver him once more.

Regardless of shedding a number of the league’s largest names, Thunder common supervisor Sam Presti has set his crew as much as be aggressive sooner or later.


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