Russell Westbrook thanks Oklahoma for years of support

Westbrook says goodbye to Oklahoma, Harden says Russ wasn't happy in OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Russell Westbrook confirmed he is leaving Oklahoma a day after reports indicated the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to trade him to the Houston Rockets.

Westbrook posted a video to Instagram Friday showcasing a highlight reel of his time with the Thunder. He spent his entire NBA career up to this point with the franchise, having been drafted by the former Seattle SuperSonics in 2008 days before the team relocated to Oklahoma.

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"I can't even begin to put into words all of the emotions I have right now. It's been one heck of a journey Oklahoma! When I came here, I was 18 years old, bright eyed, and completely unaware of all the amazing things that would soon take place. I grew up in Oklahoma with an amazing bunch of people. The people here are what makes this place so special. From the fans, my coaches, my teammates, the entire Thunder organization, Mr. Bennett, Sam Presti, my friends, and everyone in the entire community. You are all what makes Oklahoma such a beautiful place, and the reason I've loved playing here all of this time. You have supported me through all of the ups and the downs, and stood by me through the good times, and tough times. For that I am eternally grateful to you. I've met so many amazing people who have helped shape me into the man that I am today. I hope I have impacted the Oklahoma community as much as Oklahoma has made an impact on me and my family."
"I'm leaving Oklahoma with so many friends and so much gratitude. I could never thank you all enough for sticking with me. It's been a dream and a whirlwind. #WHYNOT" - Russell Westbrook

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