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Woj Bomb: Russell Westbrook Traded to the Houston Rockets

Russell Westbrook and James Harden
Written by Brad Shepard

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul, two protected first-round picks and two picks swaps.

The trade will re-unite Westbrook with former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate James Harden.

After trading Paul George, Jerami Grant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder, who are now in full re-build mode, have at least two first-round draft picks in six of the next seven drafts.

The Rockets are in “win now” mode (spoiler: they can’t), and this was clearly a move they believe takes them closer to their first NBA championship in almost a quarter of a century.

Caesars Sportsbook moved the Rockets to the fourth favorite to win the NBA championship, only behind the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.  The hype train has officially left the station.

Westbrook has four years and a ridiculous $171 million remaining on his current contract, with a player option in the final year of his deal which would pay him $47 million if he chooses to opt in.

The 2019-2020 Houston Rockets should be fun to watch, if only to watch Harden and Westbrook fight over the ball to pad their stats.



































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