The Atlanta Hawks have made several changes to their roster this offseason that includes the addition of center Dwight Howard. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Hawks could be one of the teams that can acquire Russell Westbrook and they could offer a trade package involving Dennis Schroder, a couple of future first round picks and other key players.
Jason Alsher of The Cheat Sheet suggested the trade mentioned above in his report on the possible landing spots for the Oklahoma City superstar. He noted that the addition of Westbrook will speed up the Hawks’ process of becoming NBA champions.
It should be noted that this is just a suggestion and there no confirmed reports of the two teams discussing a trade. The Hawks have already lost Jeff Teague and Al Horford but they still have Schroder, Howard and Paul Millsap.
On the other hand, the chances of Westbrook re-signing an extension with Thunder are low and general manager Sam Presti is reportedly going to listen to offers. He will try to convince Westbrook to negotiate a new deal before pulling the trigger on a trade.
The Thunder still have a very talented roster that is capable of making the playoffs. But with Durant gone, they likely won’t get past the second round.
Nonetheless, teams such as the Hawks will at least think about trading for a player like Westbrook. The five-time All-Star is one of the top five players in the NBA and it would be crazy not to go after a player like him.
However, the Thunder will likely wait until the trade deadline next year to deal Westbrook. There is still a chance that he takes the challenge of finally leading Oklahoma City and re-signing for more money if he stays.
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