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NBA Trade Rumors: New York Knicks to trade Kristaps Porzingis for Russell Westbrook as OKC Thunder rebuilds

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With Kevin Durant gone from Oklahoma City, there are suggestions from NBA experts that the Thunder must deal Russell Westbrook now so they can start their rebuilding process. The latest NBA trade rumor has the star point guard going to the New York Knicks for star rookie Kristaps Porzingis.

Westbrook has one year left in his deal before he hits free agency in 2017. The Thunder must be thinking of trading him now or risk losing him as a free agent like Durant.

Fox Sports has a trade suggestion which involves Westbrook and Victor Oladipo going to New York and Porzingis and Derrick Rose going to Oklahoma City.

“Westbrook, Courtney Lee, Oladipo, Melo, Noah the second-best starting five in the East? If there’s anyone out there who thinks this could actually work, it’s the Knicks. And the Thunder would say ‘YES’ to this so fast it would make your head spin,” writer Rob Perez explains.

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The trade has some merit to it because the Knicks and Thunder are exchanging superstars in the trade. The Thunder will rebuild around Porzingis while Westbrook teams up with Anthony in New York.

If this NBA trade rumor happens, the Knicks will be one of the East contenders to challenge LeBron James and the champion team Cleveland Cavaliers.

It’s a difficult decision to trade Porzingis for the Knicks, but if a deal brings them Westbrook, then they can consider it as a move with aims to make noise in the NBA Playoffs.

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Photo courtesy: Erik Drost/Wikimedia Commons

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