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Thursday, 11 July 2019

'Insane' trade bombshell turns NBA on its head


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In a stunning move that further changes the complexion of the NBA, the Houston Rockets have reportedly acquired OKC star Russell Westbrook via trade that also sees Rockets guard Chris Paul move to the Thunder.

The shake up sees two of the league's premier point guards swap places in a move that reunites Westbrook with James Harden.

Russell Westbrook

Westbrook and Harden were Thunder teammates, part of a team along with Kevin Durant that went to the 2012 NBA Finals and lost to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.

The Thunder are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade has not been announced.

ESPN first reported the agreement.

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It is part of a massive shake up by Oklahoma City, which traded Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers and now sends Westbrook — its franchise player — to another West rival while adding to an enormous stockpiling of draft picks. The Thunder got five first-rounders in the trade with the Clippers for George.

And it splits up the pairing of Paul and Harden in Houston, a team with title aspirations.

Reports of a fallout between Harden and Paul during the playoffs emerged and the Rockets have made it abundantly clear who they value more.

Houston was forced to pull off several moves to make the trade happen according to The New York Post.

It was also reported earlier on Friday that the Rockets were pursuing a three-team trade for Westbrook, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

https://twitter.com/TheNBACentral/status/1149361705962627072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Both sides had to find a way to move around the huge salaries of both Paul and Westbrook, a mission that seemed impossible in recent days.

Miami and Jimmy Butler were also reported to be the front-runners to secure Westbrook, but the Rockets closed the deal by offering up Paul and draft picks in an offer the Thunder couldn’t refuse.

-with AP

In a stunning move that further changes the complexion of the NBA, the Houston Rockets have reportedly acquired OKC star Russell Westbrook via trade that also sees Rockets guard Chris Paul move to the Thunder.

The shake up sees two of the league's premier point guards swap places in a move that reunites Westbrook with James Harden.

Russell Westbrook

Westbrook and Harden were Thunder teammates, part of a team along with Kevin Durant that went to the 2012 NBA Finals and lost to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.

The Thunder are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade has not been announced.

ESPN first reported the agreement.

https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1149474995996749825?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA/status/1149485755300864000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/espn_macmahon/status/1149484990104608768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/SIChrisMannix/status/1149483022955110400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/KSATRJ/status/1149476405236731904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

It is part of a massive shake up by Oklahoma City, which traded Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers and now sends Westbrook — its franchise player — to another West rival while adding to an enormous stockpiling of draft picks. The Thunder got five first-rounders in the trade with the Clippers for George.

And it splits up the pairing of Paul and Harden in Houston, a team with title aspirations.

Reports of a fallout between Harden and Paul during the playoffs emerged and the Rockets have made it abundantly clear who they value more.

Houston was forced to pull off several moves to make the trade happen according to The New York Post.

It was also reported earlier on Friday that the Rockets were pursuing a three-team trade for Westbrook, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

https://twitter.com/TheNBACentral/status/1149361705962627072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Both sides had to find a way to move around the huge salaries of both Paul and Westbrook, a mission that seemed impossible in recent days.

Miami and Jimmy Butler were also reported to be the front-runners to secure Westbrook, but the Rockets closed the deal by offering up Paul and draft picks in an offer the Thunder couldn’t refuse.

-with AP

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