The Los Angeles Clippers are making a move to get Russell Westbrook and rumors are swirling that it will be in a three-team trade that would move Chris Paul to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder getting Kyrie Irving in return.
Westbrook always wanted to join the home exodus in the NBA and play for his hometown Los Angeles. The Clippers could offer that scenario but they will have to give up one of their superstars in Chris Paul.
It may sound crazy, but it could be the best winning trade for all three teams and since the Thunder wants to build around a younger core, Irving could provide that touch while LeBron James will get what he always wanted and that is to play with one of his best buddies in one team.
It is a plausible trade since all three players are playing the same position and since Westbrook has reportedly stated that he will not reconsider any extension offers from the Thunder.
Then, the best way for them to get something out of Westbrook’s plan to jump into free agency next summer is to trade him as early as now. Since the Thunder is also bent on rebuilding their team after Kevin Durant deserted them to sign with the Golden State Warriors, it could be the best offer they could get.
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
Playing for the Clippers, Paul has been averaging 19.5 points, 10.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game while Irving’s numbers are not comparable with averages of 19.6 points, 4.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game for the Cavs.
With Westbrook’s 23.5 points, 10.4 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game it could very well help the Clippers’ cause. The Clippers will have additional offensive and defensive threat that could ease up the defense on Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and add additional firepower.
The only obstacle for the Clippers is Westbrook’s impending free agency. It would be a potential risk for the Clippers if they would only have him for one year. But one season is a long way to go and many things could happen that might change Westbrook’s mind, given that his wish to play in L.A. was granted.
For trade purposes, Westbrook to earn $18 million this season in final year of contract. So teams could be looking at a rental.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 4, 2016
Things are heating up with a possible trade for Westbrook and the Thunder wants to solve this dilemma as soon as possible to get something in return of their investment. With the Clippers proposition, it could very well work for all the teams involved in the NBA rumors.
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