Published On: Fri, Jul 12th, 2019

NBA Rumors: OKC Thunder Willing To Trade Picks To Dump Chris Paul’s Contract, Heat As Top Trade Destination

Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

A few days after sending Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Oklahoma City Thunder engaged in another blockbuster deal involving the face of the franchise, Russell Westbrook. According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young of ESPN, the Thunder have agreed to trade Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul, two protected first-round picks (2024 and 2026, both protected Nos. 1-4), and two pick swaps (2021 and 2025).

The deal will enable the Rockets to replace Chris Paul with a younger point guard, Russell Westbrook, that could help them extend the championship window of James Harden. Westbrook no longer needs to familiarize himself with Harden since they were teammates in Oklahoma City for three consecutive seasons. With Harden being considered the main man in Houston, Westbrook will be needing to make a huge adjustment with his game, especially on the offensive end of the floor.

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NBA Rumors: OKC Thunder Willing To Trade Picks To Dump Chris Paul’s Contract, Heat As Top Trade Destination