Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Phoenix Suns who are reportedly trading Dragan Bender, Eric Bledsoe and 2017 first-round pick for Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Oklahoma City Thunder face a huge problem that started when Kevin Durant decided to leave the team. The 27-year-old forward signed a two-year deal worth $54.3 million with the Golden State Warriors. After he officially made the announcement, trade rumors about Russell Westbrook continue to surface the web.
Told emphatically by league source there's no chance Russell Westbrook will do a renegotiation/extension of his contract (one yr remaining).
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 4, 2016
Russell Westbrook is set to become a free agent on July 1, 2017. There are reports saying that the 27-year-old point guard has no intention to extend or renegotiate his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. This leads to the speculation that the Thunder will trade him before the start of the 2016-17 NBA season.
Several teams are reportedly interested in making trade offers for Russell Westbrook, including the Phoenix Suns. According to Kyle Fleeger of Fansided, the Phoenix Suns could offer Eric Bledsoe, Dragan Bender and 2017 first round pick for Westbrook. The Thunder will surely be attracted by the Suns’ offer since Eric Bledsoe can be a replacement point guard.
On the other hand, the fourth overall pick, Dragan Bender, who fits for the power forward position, can take Serge Ibaka’s place. Trading Russell Westbrook is a no-brainer for the Oklahoma City Thunder than losing him in next year’s free agency without anything in return.
On the other hand, acquiring an athletic superstar like Russell Westbrook will surely be a big advantage for the Phoenix Suns. A walking triple-double like Westbrook would be a good fit with their future superstar Devin Booker.
However, the situation still depends on how will the Oklahoma City Thunder convince Russell Westbrook to stay with the team. Losing both Durant and Westbrook will surely be a big problem for the Thunder since the two were big parts of their recent achievements.
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