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.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
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.
Thunder are playing a long-game unseen in recent NBA history: Seven additional first-round picks lined up through 2026 -- plus four pick swaps -- via deals for Paul George and Chris Paul.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
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.
Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti worked with Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, to deliver the former MVP to his preferred destination: A reunion with James Harden, per sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
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.