The Russell Westbrook trade saga is officially over, thanks in part to an always-reliable Woj Bomb.
According to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Westbrook to the Houston Rockets. In exchange, the Thunder receive Chris Paul, 2024 and 2026 first-round picks, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti has been busy this past week. Earlier in the week, the Los Angeles Clippers approached the Thunder in regard to star Paul George. Presti worked his magic, and turned George into Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, and plethora of first-round picks.
With Gilgeous-Alexander's addition to Oklahoma City, the writing appeared to be on the wall for Westbrook. Days later, the star point guard and his agent approached Presti about a potential trade to a preferred destination.
Now, Westbrook joins a Rockets team that failed to live up to playoff expectations, and has never been able to get over the proverbial roadblock in the Golden State Warriors. Maybe things will be different, as Westbrook reunites with former Thunder teammate James Harden and creates the latest power duo in the Western Conference.
And yes, this is exactly what Westbrook wanted.
The Houston Rockets promised to make changes heading into the offseason, and they got themselves a big fish in the form of Russell Westbrook. Now, it's a matter of whether or not he is truly the solution to the organization's high-level woes.