NBA trade rumors involving Russell Westbrook are over after the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard signed a new contract with the team. The attention will now shift to the other Thunder players who may be on the trading block like center Enes Kanter and Victor Oladipo — two players with good value for the team.
Westbrook signed to a new three-year deal worth $85.7 million to stay in OKC. The Thunder were worried that their star point guard will also leave in free agency like Durant did earlier this summer.
With the new contract, OKC will have Westbrook for the next three years and they can now focus on improving the team in other areas.
Westbrook signing tomorrow, a month to the day Kevin Durant announced he was joining the Warriors.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) August 4, 2016
One trade partner for OKC could be the Brooklyn Nets, who are in rebuilding mode but wants to contend for a postseason slot next NBA season.
A trade of the Nets’ Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic for the Thunder’s Kanter and Oladipo is allowed NBA trade rules and a deal can be done after August 22 because the Thunder recently just acquired Oladipo in a trade.
The Nets will add a starting shooting guard in Oladipo to make a nice backcourt with free agency acquisition Jeremy Lin. Kanter will replace Lopez’s production in the frontcourt.
The Thunder will upgrade Kanter to Lopez, who is a star big man. Adding Bogdanovic is also key as OKC would want a replacement for Oladipo. To convince the Nets to a deal, the Thunder can add a future first rounder going to Brooklyn.
Is these NBA trade rumors for both teams? The Thunder wants to retain their status as a playoff team in the West and adding Lopez will give them two NBA stars in Russell Westbrook and Brook Lopez. Meanwhile, the Nets can continue rebuilding for the future with the addition of Oladipo and Kanter.
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