The Houston Rockets have Collaborated Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
OKC has agreed to exchange Russell Westbrook to Houston to get Chris Paul, first round selections in 2024 and 2026 and select swaps in 2021 and 2025.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young:”Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti worked with Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, to send the former MVP to his favorite destination: A reunion with James Harden, per sources.”
After trading Paul George into the Clippers, Jerami Grant to the Nuggets and Russell Westbrook to the Rockets, the Thunder have acquired eight first round selections: 2020: Nuggets (1-10), 2021: Heat; 2022: Clippers; 2023: Heat (1-14), 2024: Clippers; 2024: Rockets (1-4); 2026: Clippers; 2026: Rockets (1-4).
A classic Russell Westbrook drama ??????
12:14 AM – Jul 11, 2019
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Ads info and privacy Once Paul George demanded a trade to the Clippers following Kawhi Leonard’s heavy recruitment attempt, Russell Westbrook’s potential with the Thunder was up in the atmosphere but the superstar point guard, his agent and his former crew worked together to send the 2017 NBA MVP to a destination of his choice.
Russell Westbrook is under contract via 2022-23 and he has a player option in 2022. He will earn $38.5 million next year. The 11-year veteran has averaged a triple-double in 3 straight seasons but he struggled with his shot at the playoffs, making only 36.0 percent of his field goal attempts and 32.4 percent of his own 3-point shots while getting outplayed by Damian Lillard in five matches of their first round series against the Trail Blazers.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey made the entire roster and future draft picks available in trade talks in May and based on reports, Chris Paul was attempting to drive his way out of Houston prior to that.
Per Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, the relationship between Chris Paul and James Harden was called”unsalvageable” and they no longer wanted to play with together.
The report also stated that CP3 demanded a trade after losing Game 6 of their group’s second round series against the Warriors and Harden gave the Rockets an ultimatum: me or him.
Together with Harden and Paul leading the way, the Rockets came the closest of anyone to taking the Warriors down at the Western Conference in the last two seasons but based on Shams Charania of The Athletic, Harden and Paul had stressed moments with each other throughout Game 6, culminating with a”verbal exchange at the locker area regarding chunk supply.”
Paul will enter the second year of a four-year, $159,730,592 contract. The 34-year-old is going to be 37 when he becomes a free agent in 2022.
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