A loopy week for the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply obtained crazier. After beautiful the world and buying and selling Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, rumors had been aplenty that Russell Westbrook was subsequent. What was as soon as presupposed to be a long-lasting partnership solely lasted two seasons earlier than George determined to pressure his manner out of Oklahoma Metropolis. Westbrook and George’s relationship appears to be amicable, but it surely’s onerous to think about that they’d’ve given up on one another with out some kind of falling out. Following the commerce of George, there was hypothesis that the Westbrook might be off to Miami to play for the Warmth. Nevertheless, that’s not the case in response to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Russell Westbrook was traded to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and a bevy of first-round picks. Woj additionally reported that Westbrook needed to reunite together with his outdated teammate James Harden and he ended up getting what he needed.
Buying and selling Paul for Westbrook is sensible for each events as a result of rumors had been that James Harden and Chris Paul didn’t have a superb relationship. The Rockets shall be extra attention-grabbing with the addition of Westbrook and he’ll have a greater likelihood to make it to the finals than he would’ve in New York or Miami. In Paul’s case, he’s in all probability not tremendous excited to go to a workforce that simply traded away it’s finest two gamers. So who’s left on the roster for Paul to play with?
Thunder Roster & Beginning Lineup After Trades
*Notes anticipated starter.
C: Steven Adams*
PF: Jerami Grant*
SF: Danilo Gallinari*
SG: Andre Roberson*
PG: Chris Paul*
Bench: Nerlens Noel, Mike Muscala, Patrick Patterson, Darius Bazley, Abdel Nader, Deonte Burton, Dennis Schroeder, Terrance Ferguson, Hamidou Diallo, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jawun Evans
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Thunder Roster Outlook & Planning for the Future
With the trades of Paul George and Russell Westbrook, it’s going to be very troublesome for the Thunder to sneak into the playoffs. The west is loaded with expertise and Lakers and Clippers are going significantly better this upcoming season. The Thunder’s roster isn’t horrible. Steven Adams and Andre Roberson are stable gamers. Chris Paul is clearly on the draw back of his profession, however he can in all probability nonetheless put some good video games collectively. Nevertheless, there simply doesn’t appear to be any manner this squad has sufficient expertise to get to the playoffs. That being mentioned, the strikes the Thunder have made aren’t about successful now, they’re setting themselves up for the long run. Adrian Wojnarowski famous how the Thunder has set itself up for the long run.
The Thunder may have eight extra first-round picks over the subsequent a number of years. Being that the Thunder don’t stand to be superb over the subsequent few years, they in all probability may have just a few excessive draft picks of their very own. Couple that with all the extra picks they’ve and the Thunder might put collectively a extremely good younger workforce sooner or later. Whether or not or not common supervisor Sam Presti decides to make use of these picks or commerce them away for gamers stays to be seen. Regardless, the Thunder have made one of the best of a foul scenario and stand to headed in direction of a shiny future.
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