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19:10  12 july  2019
19:10  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.

Russell Westbrook 's pending arrival to the Houston Rockets reportedly has everything to do with Westbrook 's desire to reunite with James Harden and nothing to do with alleged tension between Harden and Chris Paul . ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported Thursday night that a source disclosed to

Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to Rockets for Chris Paul in blockbuster. In the latest blockbuster deal of the NBA offseason, Oklahoma City is sending Russell Westbrook to Houston for Chris Russell Westbrook and James Harden are teammates again — this time with the Houston Rockets.

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The Rockets sent Chris Paul to the Thunder for Russell Westbrook following a season in which there was reported tension between Paul and star James Harden in Houston.

But the reason behind the trade had nothing to do with the reported rift between Harden and Paul, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources. The report notes that their relationship was considered "manageable and not unusual for NBA alpha dogs." ESPN's anonymous source revealed early Friday: “That would not have driven us to do something we otherwise wouldn’t have done.”

Chris Paul trade rumors: Guard expected to start next season with Thunder

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Russell Westbrook and James Harden are teammates again?!?! The initial excitement of the Rockets’ point Houston headed into this offseason with numerous reports about discord amongst its stars after a If the Paul - Harden relationship was truly unsalvageable, then this trade makes more sense.

The mastermind who transformed James Harden into a legitimate point guard, and then, over the past two If one didn ’ t know any better, one could have easily seen the great Harden - Westbrook debate of Russ and Jimmy Butler on the Heat would have given the league another NBA Jam duo and the

ESPN reported Thursday that the Rockets dealt Paul and two protected first-rounders in 2024 and 2026 to the Thunder in exchange for Westbrook. They also agreed to swap draft picks in 2021 and 2025.

The mounting rift between Paul and Harden had been reported by Yahoo Sports in June, revealing Paul demanded a trade because the relationship between him and Harden was “unsalvageable and the star players want a divorce." But Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and Paul forcefully denied the tension, while Houston guard Austin Rivers called the report "fake news."

“I’ve talked to Chris since (the end of the playoffs), for sure,” Morey told the Houston Chronicle in June. “Myself, (coach) Mike D’Antoni, James Harden are all super competitive, all frustrated we were eliminated from the playoffs, all want to get over the hump. That leads to a lot of competitive fire. All of it is normal. We’re all in the same boat, pursuing the championship. We’re all frustrated we’re not there. But there is nothing past that.

Russell Westbrook pens heartfelt goodbye to OKC after trade to Rockets

Russell Westbrook pens heartfelt goodbye to OKC after trade to Rockets "I can’t even begin to put into words all of the emotions I have right now," Westbrook wrote. "It’s been one heck of a journey Oklahoma!"

But this trade would appear to indicate the rumors of friction between Harden and Paul may have had some level Harden led the NBA in assists (11.2) when he ran the offense in 2016-17, so the Rockets can Russ Traded to Rockets 🚨. OKC trades Russell Westbrook to Houston for Chris Paul , two

James Harden was a driving force in this deal , I’m told. Russell Westbrook and Harden decides they wanted to reunite and Rockets made it happen despite some questions about fit now that Harden is so ball dominant. Houston believes ceiling is higher with Russ than CP3.

“I’m very frustrated right now. We’re literally trying to do real work on making the team better and every day I have to learn about a new media rock that has been turned over.”

Harden and Westbrook, who previously played together from 2009-12 in Oklahoma City, reportedly were working on reuniting after Paul George was traded from the Thunder to the Clippers.

With Harden and Westbrook on board, the Rockets will look to build on the 53-29 record they earned during the 2018-19 season, which ended with an early exit from the playoffs.

Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Rockets pursuing three-team deal for Thunder guard.
The Heat seem to be the favorite to land Russell Westbrook with the Thunder guard now on the trade block, but the Rockets aren't giving up just yet. Houston is looking to execute a three-team deal in order to acquire the eight-time All-Star, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. NBA TRADE RUMORS: These five teams could pursue Russell Westbrook "I will say this — the Houston Rockets are trying to get in on this," Windhorst said on "SportsCenter" when asked by Cari Champion about a Westbrook trade. "They're trying to get in and possibly do a three-team trade where they could get their hands on Russell Westbrook.

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