In a box office move first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi, the Oklahoma City Thunder has traded Russell Westbrook for the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and another group of first-round picks.
"The Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to an exchange of great successes to send Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets to meet with James Harden," league sources told ESPN.
The Rockets will send guard Chris Paul, two protected first-round picks (2024 and 2026) and two pick swaps (2021 and 2025) to the Thunder, league sources told ESPN. "
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To clarify the selections:
After sending Paul George to the Clippers and Jerami Grant to the Nuggets less than a week ago, Sam Presti has racked up eight first-round picks in the future: start rebuilding by sending his superstar duo to the Western Conference rivals. Both George and Westbrook are back in marquee duos; George with Kawhi Leonard, and Westbrook met with former Thunder teammate James Harden.
As for Oklahoma City, Paul's future in blue will continue to be questioned. Sam Amick of USA Today reported that Thunder intended to stay with the All-Star 9 times, with ESPN's Ramona Shelburne suggesting the franchise will work with Paul to decide what's best for his career in the future.
In any case, the Westbrook era is officially held in Oklahoma City, something that is guaranteed when it comes to getting used to it.