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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

Report: Russell Westbrook, Thunder discussing possibility of trade

Report: Russell Westbrook, Thunder discussing possibility of trade The Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook are at a crossroads, and both sides may be ready to move on. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Westbrook’s agent, Thad Foucher, is discussing Westbrook’s next steps with Thunder general manager Sam Presti. One of those steps could be exploring trade possibilities, with both sides recognizing that the time may have come after an 11-year partnership to explore external possibilities.

Now that they have a seemingly inexhaustible stockpile of future first-round draft picks , the Thunder will likely consider attaching one of those pics to a Of course, the other option OKC was expected to consider would be trading away triple-double machine, and franchise foundation, Russell Westbrook .

Though now , these moves to seem to be of much help, with the Thunder quickly turning going from Western Conference contenders to a team with an absurd amount of Thunder have signed 2019 draft pick Darius Bazley. Russell Westbrook 's future is now in question after Paul George trade .

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.

Report: Rival execs see Rockets as ‘likely suitor’ for Russell Westbrook

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 Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook are linked via trade and we broke down the team's salary cap and future draft picks for a In turn, Miami’s salary cap space isn’t something to ignore, but they do have a few things working in their favor. One of which is the fact that

MORE: Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Thunder speculation includes Suns. Adding Westbrook could be a bit risky for the Suns. It never hurts to have an overqualified reserve. The Thunder get a good look at a couple of young Suns prospects. Okobo and Carter are long shots.

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.

Russell Westbrook, Miami Heat reportedly have mutual interest in trade

Russell Westbrook, Miami Heat reportedly have mutual interest in trade The Miami Heat and point guard Russell Westbrook reportedly have mutual interest in a trade that would end his Oklahoma City Thunder career. 

David Zalubowski/AP. Russell Westbrook 's future with the Oklahoma City Thunder is up in the air after their The Thunder traded Paul George to the Clippers for seven first-round draft picks (four unprotected, one protected The Thunder have now acquired six first-round picks this offseason.

Miami's lack of draft picks would complicate a potential deal. Ironically, the Thunder already have two of the Heat's future first-rounders, acquired from Orlando has a slew of young bigs to offer Oklahoma City, plus all of their own draft picks moving forward. Aaron Gordon is still only 24, and Jonathan

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.

Report: Heat top Russell Westbrook’s list of preferred destinations

Report: Heat top Russell Westbrook’s list of preferred destinations Who else is on list?

Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Oklahoma City Thunder speculation includes Phoenix Suns. Speculation about the Oklahoma City All-Star point guard's future began to heat up after the Thunder traded Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers over the weekend and intensified after ESPN

As Russell Westbrook trade rumors pick up, the time is right for the Thunder to deal. During his 11 seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder , Russell Westbrook has never publicly requested a trade No amount of 30-point games or triple-doubles will answer his critics at this stage of his career, so

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