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01:05  21 july  2019
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AP source: Russell Westbrook going to Rockets for Chris Paul

AP source: Russell Westbrook going to Rockets for Chris Paul LAS VEGAS (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, a shake up of top point guards and a move that reunites Westbrook with James Harden. The Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade has not been announced. ESPN first reported the agreement.

With the latest report , claiming that the high-profile teammates’ relationship was “unsalvageable,” causing ripples Tuesday, both Paul and Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey took it upon themselves to deny that there was any rift between Houston’s star players. Morey went so far as to ask the

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The Houston Rockets’ blockbuster trade to acquire Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this month had so many backstories.

Among them, Chris Paul heads to OKC in the deal after reports of a rift between him and James Harden. While Paul has pushed back against said reports in the past, Harden has been quiet.

That’s until now.

“It was pretty funny how guys can speculate or just make up false stories on TV. And then you’ve got millions of people believing it,” Harden said. “That’s where guys have to make sure their facts are true before they run stuff in the media or on national television.”

The Rockets' Trade for Russell Westbrook Reeks of Desperation

The Rockets' Trade for Russell Westbrook Reeks of Desperation Once you get over the shock Russell Westbrook landing on the Rockets and reuniting him with James Harden, the deal seems a little desperate on Houston's end. There's a chance Chris Paul and Harden could no longer work together, but this fix feels more impulsive than opportunistic.

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That’s akin to Harden calling the multiples of reports fake news. We’re unlikely to ever get the real story from behind the scenes now that Paul and Harden are no longer teammates.

What we do know is that Harden has a new running partner in that of former teammate and league MVP Russell Westbrook.

As for Paul, there’s a good chance he starts the season in Oklahoma City after reports suggested the Thunder were looking to flip him.

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