Russell Westbrook has been linked with a ton of NBA rumors ever since the departure of Kevin Durant this offseason. Current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose has suggested that Westbrook should join the San Antonio Spurs and it is very possible.
In an appearance on ESPN’s First Take, Rose mentioned that Westbrook should not sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics or New York Knicks if he decides to become a free agent. He noted that the five-time All-Star point guard’s best option to win a title is to join the Spurs.
“If he wants to go to a team that has a championship pedigree, pack up right now and go to San Antonio. Because they have Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, the only team in the league whose forwards led them in scoring, they play a lot on the wings,” Rose said
According to Arthur Hill of Hoops Rumors, Russell Westbrook joining the Spurs is not impossible. He noted that San Antonio will have about $93 million in salary next summer with a projected cap space of $102 million.
Even though $21 million is not enough to sign Westbrook, the Spurs will have an additional cap space if Pau Gasol turns down his $16.2 million player option. Having that kind of money combined with the history and front office may be enough to convince Westbrook to make San Antonio his new home.
Of course, these are just NBA rumors but many are expecting the two-time All-Star Game MVP to test the free agency market at the end of the 2016-17 season. Westbrook will have the motivation to stay with the Thunder but his path to a championship gets more difficult.
NBA rumors in Oklahoma City suggest that general manager Sam Presti has tested the trade market for Westbrook but no deal was made because Westbrook was non-committal to an extension. Teams that Presti was reportedly in contact with include the Spurs, Lakers, Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks.
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