Thursday, July 11, 2019, 7:40 PM CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma –
A shocking exchange for the Thunder nation: the organization is officially exchanging Russell Westbrook. The news first broke through on ESPN.
According to ESPN, the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to trade Westbrook for the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, and swap swaps in 2021 and 2025.
Westbrook was first written in 2008. This exchange ends Westbrook's 11-year career with a Thunder uniform.
Westbrook is now partnering with former Thunder player James Harden in Houston.
Westbrook and Harden played together for three seasons in Oklahoma City, leading the Thunder to the playoffs in each and the finals in 2012.
Chris Paul began his career in Oklahoma City as part of the Hornets, when the franchise was forced to move temporarily from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.