TULSA, Okla. - ESPN is reporting the Oklahoma City Thunder is trading Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets.
The trade for Westbrook will include Chris Paul, two future draft picks and pick swaps, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
Thunder are playing a long-game unseen in recent NBA history: Seven additional first-round picks lined up through 2026 -- plus four pick swaps -- via deals for Paul George and Chris Paul.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti worked with Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, to deliver the former MVP to his preferred destination: A reunion with James Harden, per sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
Houston hoped to find third-team destination preferable to Chris Paul, but ultimately leaves it OKC to execute next step once Presti confers w/ CP3 agent Leon Rose. Miami remains possibility for Paul (3 years, $124M) -- and OKC obviously has picks to incentivize deal, if needed.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
Westbrook was in Tulsa when ESPN reported the trade. He hosted a comedy show at Cain's Ballroom downtown. FOX23 Sports Director Nathan Thompson got this video of Westbrook addressing the crowd. He did not mention the report:
The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Westbrook in 2008 and he played his first season in Oklahoma when the franchise relocated to OKC later that year.
Since then he's been named an NBA All-Star eight times and NBA MVP in 2017.
In addition to several other league honors, Westbrook broke records with the Thunder including setting the record for most triple-doubles recorded in a single season.
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