Reasons why the Houston Rockets should trade for Russell Westbrook

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National Basketball Association insider Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are now in discussions with eight-time All-Star Russell Westbrook about his future with the franchise, according to reports.

Assuming the Thunder would be okay with such a return (they may be spoiled now that they just took all of those Clippers picks), the question becomes whether or not the Boston Celtics would go for such a move.

In the George trade, the Thunder received three unprotected first-round Clippers picks (2022, 2024 and 2026) and two future Miami Heat first-round picks (2021 unprotected and 2023 lottery protected).

After appearing to be in win-now mode, the Oklahoma City Thunder have made the most drastic move of the summer.

Trading Grant to Denver for a 2020 first-round pick - a move first reported by ESPN and confirmed by a source to The Athletic - was merely good business sense.

The Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks also have been mentioned as possible trade destinations for Westbrook. General manager Sam Presti has had some hard decisions to make this week, falling into an unplanned rebuild after star Paul George requested a trade.

We don't know what that trade would look like but based on reports, the Rockets are exploring the possibility of adding Westbrook to play alongside both James Harden and Chris Paul.

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook is garnering plenty of trade interest.

Noel, 25, averaged 4.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 77 games (two starts) last season. With that, the Thunderous Intentions writing team are looking ahead to examine which teams realistically could vie for Westbrook's services while simultaneously offering a return package which could bolster a Thunder rebuild.

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