Russell Westbrook Going On Trading Block?

The Thunder may begin fielding offers for All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook in the wake of Kevin Durant‘s decision to bolt to the Warriors, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.

Oklahoma City is considering a renegotiation and extension of Westbrook’s current contract, which has one year remaining, sources told Windhorst. However, a league source informed David Aldridge of NBA.com that Westbrook, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, has no interest in doing that.

Thus, several league executives have opined to Windhorst that the Thunder will consider testing the market for Westbrook, who will make $17.77MM next season. The Thunder will take some time before making any roster decisions, Windhorst adds. If they gamble that they can re-sign Westbrook next summer, they may wind up losing both of their superstars without any compensation.

GM Sam Presti told Royce Young of ESPN.com and other members of the media during a press conference on Monday that Westbrook would embrace the challenge of playing without Durant.

“He’s a true leader that takes it on. And I think he’ll take this on as well,” Presti said.

With the rising salary cap, there is no real incentive for a max-level player like Westbrook to sign an extension, since he can easily make more money as an unrestricted free agent. Oklahoma City will have plenty of cap space next summer, as only Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler have guaranteed deals beyond next season.

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Chris815
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Chris815
2 months 19 days ago

There my trade here it is again
Three team trade between clippers , cavs, thunders
Clippers get Westbrook
Class get paul
Thunder get Irving , and Thompson

DannyQ3913
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DannyQ3913
2 months 19 days ago

Makes so sense, Cavs lose big time

the dude
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the dude
2 months 19 days ago

Not only is that a terrible trade, the Thunder would be taking back way to much in salary for it to even be a legal trade.

rycm131
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rycm131
2 months 19 days ago

It’s also terrible spelling

Grant Weddle
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Grant Weddle
2 months 19 days ago

Grammar* spelling has improved for him

KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
2 months 19 days ago
A) Cavs give up way too much. Beyond the fact that Paul and LBJ are close friends, Paul isn’t THAT much better than Irving and some might even prefer Irving over Paul. Thompson is an incredibly valuable piece to the team and the cost of replacing him would be staggering considering what lesser bigs received in FA this off-season. B) The difference between Westbrook and Paul is negligible and you can make a case for either in terms of who’s better. Westbrook is only signed for 1 year. Why would the Clippers make that trade for a 1 year rental… Read more »
padam
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padam
2 months 19 days ago

CP3 has an early termination option, thus one year as well.

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 19 days ago

This is the most sane one you’ve come up with so far, but I dont see Cleveland doing that. CP3 and Westbrook are both free agents after the season, so I dont see OKC or the Clippers having a problem with it. Kyrie Irving still has 3 years left on an affordable contract, and is 6 years younger than Chris Paul. Obviously, Westbrook and CP3 are the better players, but its too risky for the Cavs to make that kind of move, in terms of long term

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 19 days ago

…obviously, I call it the most sane b/c of what we have to compare it to with all of his other “proposals” lol

padam
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padam
2 months 19 days ago

Uhh… No trade clauses.

Chris815
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Chris815
2 months 19 days ago

There we go . I brought this trade up early today
. Three team trade . between the thunder, clippers , and cavs
Clippers get Westbrook , and love
Cavs get paul, and Brice Johnson
Thunder get griffin, and Irving
Cavs sign wade this give labron James his of his 3,best friends to play with
Clippers get Westbrook , and love to go to Los Angeles
And Thunder get two new stars to build around. And this trade works under the cap also

KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
2 months 19 days ago

Wow…..even worse than the last trade you suggested.

McConaughey'sLincoln
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McConaughey'sLincoln
2 months 19 days ago

Chris I thought you were only a wizard with MLB trades.. I’m happy to see you get down with the NBA too!

the dude
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the dude
2 months 19 days ago

BRO, why not just trade LeBron James for Sidney Crosby. That would make more sense right.

Steve Pasek
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Steve Pasek
2 months 19 days ago

Westbrook for Jimmy Butler, straight up.

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 19 days ago

too risky for the Bulls. Butler is on an amazing contract right now. If you do that, Westbrook could easily just walk in free agency

Priggs89
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Priggs89
2 months 19 days ago

That would be an EXCELLENT trade for the Bulls, which means it isn’t happening.

DannyQ3913
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DannyQ3913
2 months 19 days ago

#76ers Okafor, Our pick, Lakers pick, Saric, 2019 Kings pick for #RussellWestbrook

rxbrgr
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rxbrgr
2 months 19 days ago

Okafor would be ultra redundant alongside Sabonis, Kanter and Adams. OKC needs a big who can stretch the floor.

steve
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steve
2 months 19 days ago

That’s way to much to give up. Okafor, Sacramento pick , Sixers top pic.

cjh815
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cjh815
2 months 19 days ago

I going to re do this trade
Cavs get Paul and Brice Johnson
Clippers get Westbrook , and love
Thunder get Irving , and Griffith
Think about this this give cab money go sign Wade and Labron James get his 2 best friends
Westbrook gets to go home , and love get go back to la.
And thunder get two new stars to build around

cjh815
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cjh815
2 months 19 days ago

And this trade works under the cap

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 19 days ago
I’m left wondering where this leaves OKC. Westbrook is a free agent next season, and they traded Ibaka. That being said, they still have a nice start to retooling or rebuilding this team. Will they trade Westbrook, assuming he will leave next year too, or will they try to retool around him, Victor Oladipo, and Steven Adams? They are stuck with that Enes Kanter contract, which isnt as terrible under this new salary cap, but is still bad. They really lack shooting, after losing KD. I dont know if they look to keep Dion Waiters, but the fit doesnt make… Read more »
KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
2 months 19 days ago

Why do you feel the Kanter deal is a bad one, especially in the light of recent bigs signed? He’s young and in the last two years with OKC averaged 13 pts and 8 rebounds while shooting way over 50% from the field and that was as a rotation player.

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 19 days ago

Kanter is literally the worst defender in the history of basketball, and isnt the most efficient rebounder, despite his counting stats in that area. I would take Mozgov over him every day of the week, even at the age difference. The deal isnt as bad now though, as I said

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 19 days ago

…Even still, Al Jefferson got 3 years/$30 million. I’d much rather have that deal than Kanter at 3/$55 million remaining right now. Thats that much more extra space they could have used to address the wing positions

rxbrgr
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rxbrgr
2 months 19 days ago

OKC needs to work out a sign and trade for Waiters so they get something in return for him. Threatening to match any offer could give an interested team pause on having him sign and convince them to send OKC some assets to make sure Waiters is theirs. Then dial Danny Ainge and see if he’s ready to give up four future, 1st rounders, Crowder, Jerebko, Young, plus this year’s selections of Brown, Jackson, and Bentol.

rxbrgr
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rxbrgr
2 months 19 days ago

Why not get Gay 2 2nd rounders for Waiters?

the dude
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the dude
2 months 19 days ago

lol thats dumb.

Thronson5
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Thronson5
2 months 19 days ago

Come to the Lakers. We got plenty of pieces to get him. Now that we signed Deng, Deng can play PF and Ingram can start at SF. Nance can play PF also. Trade Russell, Randle and a future draft pick for Weatbrook. People may say that’s not enough but if you know you’re going to lose him to free agency it’s actually a pretty good trade. If you have to you can make it Russell, Ingram and a future draft pick but I’d much rather hang on to Ingran if possible. They should get this trade done ASAP though

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 19 days ago

at that point though, OKC is better off going into the season and seeing where they are at the trade deadline. If you have a better idea of Westbrook’s thought process at that point, and decide you dont think he would stay, you trade him, and would take a lesser offer. 1 full season of Westbroook is still pretty valuable, especially at that price ($17.77 million)

Thronson5
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Thronson5
2 months 19 days ago

I heard they’ll offer him a context extension in the next coming days or weeks and if he declines it hen they’ll start looking at possibly trading him. Might as well get something for him now in my eyes and the sooner the better for them because it gives them more time to build team chemistry with the new young guys.

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 19 days ago

there is less than zero incentive for Westbrook to sign an extension for a multitude of reasons

Thronson5
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Thronson5
2 months 19 days ago

I agree

Sten
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Sten
2 months 18 days ago

Money becomes the problem here. lets just go with a simple Westbrook for Russell, Ingram, and 2017 1st pk.

Westbrook is on the books for $17,769,374. While Russell $5,332,800 and Ingram $5,405,040* (Ingram is projection)

This leaves $7,031,534 in dead money. Money has to be matched closely in any trade

TJECK109
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TJECK109
2 months 19 days ago

Send him to the Spurs.

leostargensen
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leostargensen
2 months 19 days ago

The Spurs don’t really have anything to trade to get him

Sten
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Sten
2 months 18 days ago

(PG)Russell Westbrook to the Spurs for (SG/SF) Danny Green, (SF/PF) Kyle Anderson, (SG/PG) Dejounte Murray, Spurs 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 1st rd pks.

Salaries 2017
Westbrook $17,769,374
x
Green $10,000,000
Anderson $1,192,080
Murray $983,400

This still leaves $5,593,894. Not sure thats close enough for a trade

KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
2 months 19 days ago
I think rather than trading Westbrook, OKC should look to trade for Demarcus Cousins. Maybe something like Kanter for Cousins? The money and years match up perfectly. If they can get even more creative, maybe add Rudy Gay to the trade to replace Durant at SF. They would need to find a 3rd team though to make it all make sense, but certainly a one on one trade makes sense. With Cousins and Westbrook OKC is immediately back to being a 50+ win team in the West. Probably not enough to be TRUE Finals contenders but enough to make to… Read more »
KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
2 months 19 days ago

I’m sorry, the additional team might be able to sweeten the deal a bit for the Kings but honestly, the writing is on the wall for a Cousins trade and he basically comes with a lot of baggage which hurts his value for most teams. He needs go to a contender. Westrbook and Cousins would make a couple of all-star players with huge chips on their shoulders and something to prove to the world.

Bitter Jim
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Bitter Jim
2 months 19 days ago

Send him to Boston. They have the Nets first pick next year, which will easily be top 5, and other picks and pieces to load OKC up for the rebuild.

mas22
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mas22
2 months 19 days ago

Enes kanter? He will not get them that brooklyn pick.

hill
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hill
2 months 19 days ago

Correct. THIS is the superstar teams like Boston and Philly have stockpiled assets for.

Priggs89
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Priggs89
2 months 19 days ago

Please tell me you’re joking. Cousins has so much more value than Kanter it’s not even funny. That’s so far away from a possible trade.

KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
2 months 19 days ago

You are not going to get full value for Cousins. Right now he has the tag of being a headache. They need to move him and rebuild.

Bob
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Bob
2 months 19 days ago

Yes good idea and after trading Kanter for Cousins they should trade Adams for LeBron James and sign and trade Waiters to the Warriors and get Durant back.

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