The NBA is a having a record setting free agency season. There have been many surprises such as Paul George getting out of his contract with OKC to head to Los Angeles. Now his former teammate is following his lead in Russell Westbrook.
Mark Berman, the Sports Director at Fox26 KRIV shared a statement reportedly issued by Rockets owner Tilman J. Fertitta that reads: “We’re excited to have Russell Westbrook. I would watch him play for Oklahoma City and he’s so athletic. At the same time this franchise just had the two years with the most wins it’s ever had in consecutive years and we wouldn’t have accomplished that without Chris Paul. Chris Paul is unbelievable & he’s gonna be sadly missed.”
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter when he wrote, “The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.” Wojnarowski later tweeted, “Houston hoped to find third-team destination preferable to Chris Paul, but ultimately leaves it OKC to execute next step once Presti confers w/ CP3 agent Leon Rose. Miami remains possibility for Paul (3 years, $124M) — and OKC obviously has picks to incentivize deal, if needed.”
Russell Westbrook was focused on joining the Houston Rockets with other destinations “lightly considered,” according to Royce Young of ESPN.