Oklahoma City Thunder fans can now breathe as Russell Westbrook signed a new three-year, $85 million deal. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Thunder will now build around Westbrook and their priority is to get Oklahoma-native, Blake Griffin.
The Thunder had a bad start to the offseason when Kevin Durant left to join rivals Golden State Warriors. NBA rumors swarmed OKC as general manager Sam Presti was prepared to trade Russell Westbrook rather than risk losing him for free next year.
But since Russ is staying, the Thunder shifts its focus on building a great roster around him. According to The Vertical on Yahoo! Sports, the priority of the Oklahoma City front office is signing Blake Griffin next summer as a free agent.
However, Tony Heim of Thunderous Intensions believes that Sam Presti should make a move on Griffin this offseason rather than next summer. The Thunder have the pieces to acquire an All-Star forward of Griffin’s caliber and the Los Angeles Clippers could be open to trading him.
The 27-year-old missed a bunch of games last season due to a leg injury and a broken hand for punching Matias Testi, the Clippers’ equipment manager. It would be wise for the Clippers to trade Griffin now than risk losing him for nothing next summer.
If Sam Presti pulls off this huge trade, the Thunder can give Durant and the Warriors a run for their money especially if the “superteam” fails to co-exist. Griffin will be welcomed like a hero in Oklahoma City and he is a better fit to Westbrook than Durant.
It should be noted that these are just NBA rumors but Oklahoma City is very interested in Blake Griffin. Nevertheless, the Thunder will still have an exciting team composed of Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Steven Adams.
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