With the departure of Kevin Durant with the Oklahoma City Thunder this 2016 free agency, the West team is expected to be active on the trade market and might deal away star point guard Russell Westbrook, according to NBA rumors.
One suggested trade involves Westbrook going to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are expected to battle for a playoff spot under new head coach Tom Thibodeau.
A Fox Sports article recommends that OKC should send Westbrook along with Anthony Morrow and ask for Minnesota’s promising guards in Zach Lavine and Ricky Rubio plus forward Shabazz Muhammad.
“An absolute no-brainer for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but, why would Minnesota trade one of the league’s most promising young prospects (LaVine),” Rob Perez wrote.
“Because you would have a team of Russell Westbrook, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns—that’s why. Of all the options discussed thus far, this “Big 3” might be the scariest long-term monster of them all.”
It’s not clear what the Thunder’s plan for Westbrook is. After losing Durant for nothing in free agency, there are NBA rumors that OKC’s management is worried that the same will happen in 2017 when their star point guard will also hit the free agency market.
The Timberwolves will become playoff contenders if they manage to get Westbrook in a trade. With the trio of Westbrook, Wiggins and Towns, they’d have many options inside and outside on offense and also improve defensively.
For the Thunder, dealing Westbrook this summer could net them good value for the point guard. The suggested Minnesota-Oklahoma City NBA rumors is one of the best deals for the Thunder, who are expected to rebuild after Durant left them this summer.
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