In the past three seasons, the Thunder stopped the first round of the playoffs in a row, and the high luxury tax also made the Thunder miserable.
Now, with the departure of George, the Thunder have returned to Galina. , Alexandria, and 4 unprotected first-round picks + one lottery-protected first-round pick and two draft exchange rights.
This also makes the Thunder may not continue to pay the luxury tax, but the current lineup of the Thunder still has to pay a luxury tax fine of 43 million, so the team can only find another way.
According to an ESPN reporter Woj report, the source said Russell Westbrook and Thunder general manager Sam Presti discussed the next step, including trading before the start of next season possibility.
At the same time, Thunder reporter Brett Dawson also admitted that the team is exploring a trade in Westbrook.
That is to say, the superstar who has played for the Thunder for 11 years, once one person, one city, may also leave this summer This city is full of memories.
Although Westbrook has a huge contract and has been questioned by fans, he is one of the top ten players in the league, especially in the past three seasons with 20+10+. 10 luxury triple-doubles, I believe it will be no worries about getting home.
According to a report by LegionHoops reporter Ross, he has asked many executives in the league about their intentions towards Westbrook. Among them, no less than 10 teams hope to be able to Get him in the transaction.
Among them, as soon as the news came out, it immediately caused a heated discussion among the fans.
Of all the news that the teams wanted to trade Westbrook, the most The positive is undoubtedly the Rockets who won nothing during the offseason. According to ESPN reporter Tim McMahon, the Rockets do intend to pursue the Thunder core Westbrook, but Chris Paul is not necessarily the bargaining chip among them.
In other words, although Paul has three years left on a $124 million contract and Westbrook has four years left on a $171 million contract that matches well, Paul does not have to appear in the transaction plan.
Morey has always been obsessed with the pursuit of big names.Before he was traded for Chris Paul, he is also pursuing Jimmy Butler this year. The Rockets were also interested in getting George and Carmelo Anthony before joining the Thunder.
In the end, I always fancy one and the other, and in the end it will be another year of sewing and repairing. After all, the current boss is more reluctant to pay the luxury tax than Alexander.
How to say, the Thunder will definitely not want Paul. After all, Paul George has changed so many picks. Now the trade for Westbrook is to want more picks and seek more for the next reconstruction. interest!
But when the key Rockets don’t have as many draft picks as the Clippers, what does Morey have to trade in order to achieve this turtle deal?
So just look at the Rockets’ trading ideas!
Turning your head around, it’s better to look at the American media NJ sports and analyze that 10 teams are likely to trade with the Thunder.Westbrook’s plan, which still has a reliable team, is as follows:
First: Trade with the Bulls, the Thunder traded with Westbrook, and the Bulls sent Otto Porter + Wendell + Carter + Chris Dunn + 2020 first round + In the first round of 5 protection in 2022, a deal of 1 for 6 is reached, so that the Bulls can form a backcourt combination of Westbrook + LaVine
Second: Dealing with the Lone Ranger, the Thunder traded with Wei Shao, and the Lone Ranger gave out Little Hardaway + Courtney Lee +Jaylen Brunson +Top ten protections in the first round in 2023 +In the first round in 2025, a deal of 1 for 5 is reached, so that the lone rangers can form the Big Three of Westbrook + Dongcic + Porzingis .
Third:In a deal with the Nuggets, the Thunder exchanged Westbrook + Robertson, and the Nuggets sent Gary Harris + Plumley + Button + Mark Beasley + 2021 first round + 2023 first round, and reached a 2 Change the deal of 6, so that the Nuggets can form the Big Three of Westbrook + Murray + Jokic
Fourth: Trading with Pistons , The Thunder traded Westbrook + Robertson + Patterson, and the Pistons sent Blake Griffin + Reggie Jackson, and reached a deal for 2 stars for 2
Fifth: Trade with the Heat, the Thunder traded Westbrook + Patterson, and the Heat sent Dragic + Winslow + Mai Yes-Leonard + 2023 first round + 2025 first round, reached a premium contract of 2 for 5 deal, so that the Heat can form Westbrook + Butler double giant combination
Sixth: Yoo In the deer deal, the Thunder traded Westbrook + Patterson, and the Bucks sent Eric Bledsoe + Jon Leuer + Ilyasova + Di Vincenzo + 2024 first round + 2026 In the first round, the bucks made a 2 for 6 so that the Bucks could form the Big Three of Westbrook + Middleton + Antetokounmpo
Seventh: Trade with the Timberwolves, the Thunder traded with Westbrook, the Timberwolves sent Jeff Teague + Covington + Culver (19th 6th Show) + In the first round of 2021, a deal of 1 for 4 was reached
This way the Timberwolves can form the Big Three lineup of Westbrook + Wiggins + Downs
Eighth: Trade with Magic, Thunder use Westbrook + RobertsonIn exchange, the Magic sent Aaron Gordon + Fournier + Fultz + the first round of 2020 to reach a 2 for 4 deal
Ninth: In a deal with the Spurs, the Thunder exchanged Westbrook, and the Spurs sent DeMar DeRozan + Derek White + Lonnie Walker + 2020 first round + 2022 first round pick to get a draw Searle Westbrook, reached a 1-for-5 deal
Tenth: Trade with the Raptors, the Thunder traded with Westbrook, and the Raptors sent Lori + Ibaka + Anunobi + Chris Boucher + Malcolm + Miller + 2020 first Round lottery + 2022 first round lottery offer, get Russell Westbrook, reached a 1 for 7 deal
After looking at the trading plan of these 10 teams, there is still no lack of viable teams,
In fact, no matter which of the rumors is next, Westbrook has basically settled the embarrassment of leaving the team.
As early as 2008, the Sonics moved from Seattle to Oklahoma. City, has since changed its name to the Thunder. It was also that summer when the Thunder used Westbrook with the 4th overall pick in the first round. In the 11 years since then, the Thunder once owned Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka and Paul George and other stars, but failed to taste a championship!
Until now, only Westbrook remains in the disintegrated Thunder. Once Westbrook leaves the team, he will completely announce the reconstruction of the Thunder Age!