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SportAfter Russell Westbrook trade, the Thunder now have an absurd amount of draft picks

05:05  12 july  2019
05:05  12 july  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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After Russell Westbrook trade , the Thunder now have an absurd amount of draft picks . Losing stars like George and Westbrook is painful, and even that many draft picks is no guarantee you land the superstar you need to contend in the NBA, but no team should be in this good of a position after

Russell Westbrook 's future is now in question after Paul George trade . © Provided by Oath Inc. Russell Westbrook is gone and the Thunder Remember when the Boston Celtics traded away Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in 2014, then used their absurd amount of assets to march to the top

After Russell Westbrook trade, the Thunder now have an absurd amount of draft picks© Provided by Oath Inc. Russell Westbrook is gone and the Thunder have fully retooled for the future. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Remember when the Boston Celtics traded away Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in 2014, then used their absurd amount of assets to march to the top tier of the Eastern Conference?

The Oklahoma City Thunder are about to put that blueprint into overdrive.

The Thunder now have all the picks

A week after the Thunder shockingly traded Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for an absurd amount of draft picks, general manager Sam Presti reportedly continued the team's rebuild by trading Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul ... and a somewhat less absurd amount of draft picks.

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Report: Rival execs see Rockets as ‘likely suitor’ for Russell Westbrook The Oklahoma City Thunder have no choice but to explore the possibility of trading Russell Westbrook now that Paul George has forced his way out of town, and any deal involving the All-Star point guard could once again shift the balance of power in the Western Conference. 

The Thunder have amassed an absurd amount of draft picks in return for some of their traded players. They got five first-round picks from the Clippers in the George trade (three Clippers and two Miami They received two more first-round picks from the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook .

In a blockbuster trade that will send Russell Westbrook to Houston and Chris Paul to OKC, the Thunder actually come After dealing away Paul George for a historic haul of draft picks , it became clear that Oklahoma City’s next step would be moving Westbrook , a talismanic organizational figure

Between the George trade, the Westbrook trade and the Jerami Grant trade, here is how the Thunder’s future first-round draft picks are shaping up:

2020: Thunder if it falls in the top 20, Nuggets if it falls out of the top 10

2021: Thunder, Heat unprotected, with a right to swap either with the Rockets

2022: Thunder if it falls in the top 14, Clippers unprotected

2023: Thunder, Heat if it falls outside the top 14, can swap own pick with Clippers

2024: Thunder, Clippers unprotected, Rockets if it falls outside the top 4

2025: Thunder, can swap pick with Clippers or Rockets

2026: Thunder, Clippers unprotected, Rockets if falls outside the top 4

Count that up and you get an absurd 15 first-round picks over seven drafts if all of the picks convey, as well as the ability to swap picks in three different years.

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Thunder traded Russell Westbrook , the 2017 MVP, to the Houston Rockets for veteran point guard Chris Paul and a haul of draft picks . In addition to Paul, the Thunder will receive first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 plus the right to swap first-round picks in 2021 and 2025, with top-four protections on

The Thunder as we knew them are long gone after shipping Russell Westbrook to Houston. A new chapter now begins for general manager Sam Less than a week after agreeing to ship Paul George to Los Angeles for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and a record haul of draft picks —and

And that’s not even mentioning the promising young point guard acquired from the Clippers in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

The Thunder’s future is looking bright

While the Thunder’s haul over the next two years isn’t huge, we could be seeing a simply gargantuan collection of assets if either the Rockets or Clippers can’t keep it together for seven years. And if this offseason is any indication, keeping a winning team together for that long is borderline impossible.

Leonard and George could be leaving the Clippers as early as 2021. Which would leave the Thunder with access to a gutted team’s first-rounders for a half-decade.

The Thunder can now fully retool for the future around Gilgeous-Alexander. The team doesn’t even really need to bottom out, because it could basically have two other teams drafting on its behalf in a few years. Losing stars like George and Westbrook is painful, but no team should be in this good of a position after losing players like that.

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And the Thunder added to its pile of draft picks . Oklahoma City’s All-Star guard Russell Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, are engaged with Thunder GM Sam Presti about the next steps of Westbrook ’s career, including the possibility of a trade prior to the start of next season

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