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SportTrading Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook makes Rockets 'a better team'

18:00  12 july  2019
18:00  12 july  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Thunder send star to Rockets for package including Chris Paul

Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Thunder send star to Rockets for package including Chris Paul The Rockets did trade Chris Paul and the Thunder did trade Russell Westbrook.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook and James Harden are together again, and Chris Paul is leaving Houston to make that reunion happen. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Paul in a swapping of

The Rockets ' Trade for Russell Westbrook Reeks of Desperation. While Russ may be a better player in a vacuum than Paul , that doesn’t mean he instantly upgrades the Rockets ’ roster. If the Paul -Harden relationship was truly unsalvageable, then this trade makes more sense.

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Trading Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook makes the Rockets a better team, says franchise owner Tilman Fertitta.

According to ESPN, the Rockets have sent Chris Paul and two protected first-rounders in 2024 and 2026 to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 2017 NBA MVP. They have also agreed to swap draft picks in 2021 and 2025.

Eight-time All-Star Westbrook, who has averaged a triple-double in each of the past three seasons, sought an exit from the Thunder after they traded Paul George to the Clippers.

Westbrook and James Harden helped Oklahoma City reach the 2012 NBA Finals and Fertitta is relishing watching their reunion unfold.

"We're excited to have Russell Westbrook," Fertitta told Fox 26 in Houston. "I would watch him play for Oklahoma City, and he's so athletic. At the same time this franchise just had the two years with the most wins it's ever had in consecutive years, and we wouldn't have accomplished that without Chris Paul.

"I said at the end of the year we're never gonna stand pat. We're always gonna try to get better. I think this makes us a better team. I hate to lose Chris Paul, but we felt like we did what we had to do to become a better team.

"I think it'll be very interesting and fun. James and Russell wanted to play together. It ought to be fun this year."

It has been suggested the Thunder could immediately look to move Paul on, with the Heat, who were believed to be in the running to get Westbrook, touted as a potential destination.

Chris Paul trade rumors: Heat not ‘actively pursuing’ deal for Thunder guard.
Oklahoma City acquired Paul, along with two first-round selections and two pick swaps, from the Rockets in exchange for Russell Westbrook. "We're excited to have Russell Westbrook," Houston owner Tilman Fertitta told Fox 26 last week. "I would watch him play for Oklahoma City, and he's so athletic. At the same time this franchise just had the two years with the most wins it's ever had in consecutive years, and we wouldn't have accomplished that without Chris Paul. "I said at the end of the year we're never going to stand pat. We're always going to try to get better. I think this makes us a better team.

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