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08:00  12 july  2019
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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.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul , first-round picks in 2024 The trade reunites Westbrook with James Harden, with whom he played during their early years with the Thunder from 2009 until 2012 until Harden was traded to

Now, it appears that this movement could trickle down to the players, as General Manager Daryl Morey is reportedly looking at trading Chris Paul . Wojnarowski's report follows the news that Harden and Paul had "tense moments" during their elimination loss against the Warriors.

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Spending the remainder of his career on a rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder team cannot be what Chris Paul had in mind.

Paul was traded to OKC on Thursday as part of a shocking deal that sent Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for a pair of first-round picks and two pick swaps. The Thunder have dealt away Paul George and Westbrook over the last week, accumulated draft picks, and are in clear rebuilding mode. They have no use for an aging point guard like Paul, who would prefer to compete for a championship.

Accordingly, the Thunder are expected to explore trades for CP3, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports:

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. 

NBA players, basketball Twitter go crazy after Chris Paul reportedly traded to Rockets. There were plenty of people who don't see this trade meaning too much for the Rockets' postseason hopes and question how Paul and James Harden will mesh together.

Of course, part of the reason for this rebuild is Paul George wanting to partner up with Kawhi Leonard, returning to their home state of California to play for the Los Angeles Clippers — a bullet the Thunder had appeared to dodge when George announced he was staying in Oklahoma City just last summer.

Woj mentions the Miami Heat as a potential destination for Paul. That’s the same team the Thunder were talking to about a Westbrook trade.

The biggest impediment to a Paul trade remains his contract. He is owed $124 million over the next three seasons, is already 34 and has chronic hamstring problems. It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting him based on the money he is owed.

Report: ‘No appetite’ among some NBA teams to take on final year of Chris Paul deal.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are having a hard time finding anyone to take Chris Paul’s contract off their hands. According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, based on conversations with NBA general managers, there is “almost no appetite” around the league to touch Paul’s contract, particularly the $44 million player option in 2021-22. Paul will be 37 years old by the time that deal expires. Having talked with a few GMs, there is almost no appetite for the final year of CP3's deal. My understanding is the Thunder may have to shovel over several picks to get a team to look at that cap hit. Today, I think he starts the season in OKC. https://t.

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