Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Boston Celtics who are reportedly trading Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and 2017 first round pick for Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Boston Celtics were one of the six NBA teams who were listed as the possible destination of Kevin Durant. Their acquisition of free-agent center Al Horford made them believe that it will lead to a higher chance to lure the 27-year-old small forward.
However, Kevin Durant finally made an announcement on The Player’s Tribune and decided to join the Golden State Warriors. The decision is a no-brainer for a player whose goal is to win an NBA championship title next season.
This made the Boston Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder think about their next move. After Durant leave, there are several rumors surfacing the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook. The 27-year-old point guard has one year left on his contract with the Thunder and is threatening not to extend or renegotiate.
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
The Oklahoma City Thunder may think of trading him now than lose him in free agency without anything in return. The Boston Celtics are one of the teams who might pursue Russell Westbrook. They have plenty of assets that they can use as trade pieces for the Thunder superstar.
Jason McIntyre of thebiglead suggested that the Boston Celtics could offer Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and 2017 first round pick for Russell Westbrook. The Oklahoma City Thunder will surely accept the offer since Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder could be their starting point guard and small forward respectively.
On the other hand, the Boston Celtics will now be having an NBA superstar they have been wanting to acquire for years. Russell Westbrook can be a good fit with Al Horford and Jaylen Brown to bring back the Celtics to title contention.
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