Following the surprising OKC Thunder trade of Paul George to the LA Clippers, news surfaced Russell Westbrook and his agent was set to meet with GM Sam Presti to discuss the future. Paul has $125 million over three years remaining on his contract, while Westbrook has $171 remaining over four years, including a player option for $46.7 million in 2022-23. It will be even more hard this late in the offseason, but it is certainly possible if both sides are motivated to make it happen. Houston landed Chris Paul in a sign-and-trade deal with the Clippers two years ago and attempted to add Jimmy Butler under similar circumstances this summer.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are now in discussions with eight-time All-Star Russell Westbrook about his future with the franchise, according to reports.
Westbrook would provide a huge boost to any team in the league, but his very big contract is a significant problem.
As things are starting to heat up for the Thunder this offseason, let's look at five potential trade packages for the former MVP.
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Eric Gordon and Clint Capela could become casualties in such a deal.
Although Westbrook is seen by many as the Oklahoma City Thunders' franchise player, there are some rumors claiming that the star guard should take his talent somewhere else if he hopes to win a ring. No one player now on the trade block can replace PG, but perhaps an All-Star and several 3-and-D type guys can come close.
Westbrook did it for a third consecutive season in the 2018-19 campaign, averaging 22.9 points, a career-high 11.1 rebounds plus a career-high and NBA-best 10.7 assists a game for Oklahoma City.
So, where could the 2016-17 MVP land? Houston could target Tyson Chandler, per ESPN, another move that comports with moving Capela.