The Houston Rockets have reunited James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
OKC has agreed to exchange Russell Westbrook to Houston for Chris Paul, first round selections in 2024 and 2026 and select swaps in 2021 and 2025.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young:”Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti worked with Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, to deliver the former MVP into his preferred destination: A reunion with James Harden, per sources.”
After trading Paul George to the Clippers, Jerami Grant to the Nuggets and Russell Westbrook to the Rockets, the Thunder now have acquired eight first round selections: 2020: Nuggets (1-10), 2021: Heat; 2022: Clippers; 2023: Heating (1-14), 2024: Clippers; 2024: Rockets (1-4); 2026: Clippers; 2026: Rockets (1-4).
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Twitter Ads information and privacy Once Paul George demanded a trade to the Clippers after Kawhi Leonard’s heavy recruitment effort, Russell Westbrook’s potential with the Thunder was up in the atmosphere but the star point guard, his representative and his former team worked together to send the 2017 NBA MVP into a destination of his choice.
Russell Westbrook is under contract through 2022-23 and he has a player option in 2022. He will make $38.5 million next season. The 11-year veteran has averaged a triple-double in three straight seasons but he struggled with his shot at the playoffs, making only 36.0 percent of his field goal attempts and 32.4 percent of his own 3-point shots while getting outplayed by Damian Lillard in five games of their first round series against the Trail Blazers.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey produced the whole roster and prospective draft picks available in trade discussions in May and according to reports, Chris Paul was trying to force his way out of Houston prior to that.
Per Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, the association between Chris Paul and James Harden was known as”unsalvageable” and they no longer wanted to play with together.
The report also stated that CP3 required a trade after losing Game 6 of the team’s second round series against the Warriors and Harden gave the Rockets an ultimatum: him or me.
With Harden and Paul leading the way, the Rockets came the nearest of anybody to taking the Warriors down in the Western Conference in the last two seasons but according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Harden and Paul had tense moments with one another during Game 6, culminating with a”verbal exchange at the locker area regarding ball supply.”
Paul will go into the next year of a four-year, $159,730,592 contract. The 34-year-old is going to be 37 when he’s a free agent in 2022.
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