[Wojnarowski] ESPN Sources: Russell Westbrook and his agent Thad Foucher are engaged with OKC GM Sam Presti on next steps for the All-Star guard, including the possibility of trade this summer.
[–][OKC] Russell Westbrook BBallHunter 81 points 10 hours ago
[–]Knicks BabeRuthsDad 4625 points 9 hours ago
What a crazy turn of events in 24 hours for OKC
[–]Pacers XcSDeadDeer 22 points 7 hours ago
Jesus christ. I cant believe "Where is Kawhi going" has turned into "PG traded out of OKC and Russell Westbrook may be gone too"
This is fucking nuts
[–][LAL] Kobe Bryant Dongsquad420BlazeIt 62 points 9 hours ago
Definitely not where I thought this offseason was going. my expectations have certainly been subverted.
[–]Warriors Duvangrgata1 118 points 9 hours ago
Every earthquake has its aftershocks..
[–]AceJoker253 70 points 9 hours ago
Just like eeeevvery rose has its thorn
[–]Warriors Talic 19 points 8 hours ago
Just like every night has its dawn
[–]Raptors Raptors2017champs 8 points 7 hours ago
Just like every Kawhi has a Dennis
[–][OKC] Russell Westbrook wcooper97 3200 points 9 hours ago
It’s a nightmare but so were 3 consecutive first round exits and nothing but 47-49 win seasons.
[–]Nuggets loplopplop 130 points 8 hours ago
Yeah exactly. Making the playoffs is great, but being capped out at a first round exit and a tax paying team is more depressing than a legit smart rebuild.
[–]Lakers nchs 12 points 8 hours ago
They thought they would be watching from the sidelines during the Kawhi saga
[–]Thunder rabidbot 72 points 9 hours ago
We are used to instant devastation. Tornadoes, bombs...its in the blood.
[–]Raptors -super-hans 226 points 7 hours ago
Honestly I know it sucks now, but you guys benefitted huge from this situation. No way you'd have got that return for George if it didn't guarantee the Clippers Kawhi. That's a historic haul, 5 firsts, 2 good players and 2 potential pick swaps.
[–]Celtics rounder55 56 points 5 hours ago
It's crazy to think that there's an 11 year old finishing out some summer day sucking on a freeze pop that's going to be part of this Paul George trade
[–]Thunder theFriendlyDoomer 30 points 4 hours ago
I mean, hopefully he's practicing his three-point shot right now. At least free-throws.
[–]NBA TheAmbitious1 47 points 9 hours ago
They haven't won a playoff series since KD left. It's obviously time to break it all down and rebuild from the bottom up.
What shocks me is that if PG HADN'T asked for a trade, they were prepared to run it back with the same roster and coach next year for another 1st round exit. WB and PG are 100% in the right to not want to be playing for such a shitty FO
[–][SAS] Manu Ginobili LoneStarDeMar 1450 points 9 hours ago
Yeah they really needed this honestly. Nate Duncan made a good point (even if a bit dickish) that PG requesting a trade gave them good cover to make a move that they should have done regardless. I hope they can put Russ in a good situation, he deserves it honestly.
[–]Bucks chemthethriller 475 points 8 hours ago
I honestly thought before the PG trade and with Durant's exit and klay's injury it was a possibility they could do well this year.
[–]absent_name 114 points 8 hours ago
OKC as constructed wasn't going anywhere in the playoffs. They got blasted by Utah, Portland, and the Rockets. All in the first round. Not once did they ever face the Warriors. So whether or not the Warriors are healthy doesn't really seem to matter.
[–]Thunder uwanmirrondarrah 657 points 8 hours ago
We always think we are gonna do well. Then we play lights out, followed by horrible, followed by first round exit.
This team had so much talent but just couldn't do anything with it.
[–][LAL] Kobe Bryant tatancool 411 points 7 hours ago
Sounds like a coaching problem to me...
[–]Thunder AirJohnston 231 points 7 hours ago
Presti is never getting rid of Billy. Feels like he’s as untouchable as Pop
[–]Thunder Angelsoft717 215 points 7 hours ago
Which sucks because any other coach would've been fired. Whatever he's doing obviously isn't working.
[–]Thunder AirJohnston 121 points 7 hours ago
Yup, but Presti loves him for some reason even though both our star players apparently expressed concern about him so I’ll be shocked if we actually get rid of him
[–]Knicks dougprishpreed69 40 points 7 hours ago
I think he’ll actually be good as a coach for a rebuilding squad. If you guys ship westbrook I think he’d be good for a bunch of young players
[–]radicalheadphone 1016 points 9 hours ago
[–][WAS] Bradley Beal ScaryBullfrog 93 points 10 hours ago
this offseason is legit insane
[–]Raptors JAYG567 324 points 9 hours ago
I THOUGHT WE WERE DONE WITH THIS STUFF
[–][OKC] Russell Westbrook Swish4141 1003 points 9 hours ago
Fuck, I'm not ready for this :'(
[–]Bucks whosgeoff 1038 points 9 hours ago2
Dame literally killed the thunder
[–]Bulls ClaymoresRevenge 91 points 9 hours ago
He waved bye and just like that everything changed
[–]Thunder pinata26 403 points 9 hours ago
He did us a huge favor tbh
[–]Thunder Wes___Mantooth 92 points 9 hours ago
Yeah Im stoked about the PG trade. We have to wait awhile but we have a really bright future now.
[–]Money OnTheBeat 59 points 8 hours ago
Yeah a real bright future of a bunch of #25+ draft picks
[–]Lakers matticans7pointO 15 points 6 hours ago
Thunder have always been a good drafting team though. And they could still get more picks/young players by trading Westbrook.
[–]Thunder kamikazeguy 110 points 10 hours ago
Thunder about to have more draft picks than the rest of the league combined.
[–]OKC Hornets TheDharmaDude 14 points 8 hours ago
And Presti is the GOAT of drafting. thunder going to be scary good in the next 5 years.
[–]Trail Blazers foofaw 221 points 8 hours ago
I think once the initial shock of all of this wears off, your fanbase will realize that you are better off in the long run. Y'all have way more directions to go in now.
But it always sucks to see your franchise player leave. Can't imagine what it would be like to lose Dame, so I feel for you guys.
[–]Celtics ssjgoat 97 points 7 hours ago
It's also possible they trade Westbrook and don't make the post season at all for the next decade. Not like OKC is a hotspot to FAs. Also if attendance goes down bad enough, the team might move.
So I don't agree with your assessment that it will be better in the long run since they may not even exist in the long run.
I want him to stay but that boy has to learn how to shoot 3s.
[–]Pacers MindofShadow 83 points 6 hours ago
What if somes picks convey late? What if those picks happen in a shit draft? What if they just miss in the draft?
Before you know it, 8 years when by and you've become the Wizards
[–]Wizards LongLongIsland 69 points 5 hours ago
[–]Celtics houseshoes93 731 points 9 hours ago
Maybe it's foolish thinking, but I've always thought Russell would retire a Thunder
[–]Mavericks throwaway25813 461 points 9 hours ago
it's not foolish at all
a few months back when dirk retired i asked this very sub about who would break Dirk's streak of 21 seasons of the same team and the most popular answer was Russ
[–]Thunder HolyRicardoiGuess 290 points 8 hours ago
i miss a few months ago
[–]Thunder HolyRicardoiGuess 37 points 6 hours ago
i miss 2012:(
[–]Mavericks VictorAkwaowo1 1681 points 9 hours ago
[–]Trail Blazers MoDollazz 115 points 9 hours ago
Kinda sad if it happens but OKC needs to rebuild
[–][OKC] Andre Roberson BrownStreakInMyPants 709 points 10 hours ago
Everyone calls him a “bum” and “stat padder” until he becomes available to trade
[–]Bucks whosgeoff 343 points 10 hours ago
I feel like there’s plenty of teams that would pass on Russ
[–]Cavaliers Agnonzach 11 points 8 hours ago
Honestly I would take him. If we can get him for a couple of first rounders I think that makes us a 2nd tier team in the East. Plus you reunite Love and WB. If no one else wants him we should jump on this
[–]Wizards MasochistNbaFan 55 points 10 hours ago
I love Westbrook
Hope he joins an eastern team
[–]ThugosaurusFlex_1017 55 points 8 hours ago
Xinjiang is ready.
[–]Warriors SocialistNixon 5 points 5 hours ago
[–][OKC] Paul George hydropenguin69 10 points 9 hours ago
I hope we send him somewhere that’s contending but idk who can afford the contract tbh...
[–]inmybutt69696969 44 points 9 hours ago
To Dubai. Only people that can afford him.
[–][HOU] Josh Smith Tacool 183 points 9 hours ago
Send him to the east for the love of god the West has no air to breathe
[–]76ers i_love_wawa_ 409 points 10 hours ago
san antonio detroit or miami im telling you
[–][DET] Michael Curry MintyFreshBreathYo 18 points 9 hours ago
I would riot if we included Blake in a trade for Westbrook
[–]Spurs CaptainPussybeast 77 points 9 hours ago
San Antonio has like 20 guards on a 15man roster
[–][POR] Damian Lillard Familyguy35 18 points 10 hours ago
The least Spurs player ever
[–]Spurs youarebroke 144 points 10 hours ago
What a bunch of morons suggesting this lmao, he doesn't fit at all
We have good young guards and these idiots think he will pay Westbrook 47m at the age of 34 lmao
[–][PHI] Joel Embiid jakrictel 16 points 8 hours ago
[–][OKC] Russell Westbrook Anti_Matur 47 points 9 hours ago
Only matter of time. They’ll work together. All these people saying he’s gonna get traded to a rebuilding team are dumb as shit.
[–]Mavericks sprawljawnz 85 points 8 hours ago
Man Pistons would be fucking dope to cheer for with Blake, D Rose and Westbrook with Casey.
[–]PretentiousPoster 47 points 8 hours ago
No joke I’m an immediate Pistons fan if that happens.
[–]Thunder Senseisntsocommon 104 points 10 hours ago
He’d look real good in Detroit next to Blake. Russ / Galloway / Kennard /Blake / Adams with Rose as 6th man and finishing games at the 2. That would be a top 4 team in the east.
[–]NBA EmmettRapaportNBA 950 points 9 hours ago
For everyone saying Miami -- the Heat have 5 1st-round picks over next 7 years, but owe 1sts to OKC in 2021 (unprotected) and 2023 (lottery protected through 2025, unprotected in 2026). As a result, for at least the next 4 years, they won’t be able to trade a future 1st-round pick unconditionally until 2028.
[–]harmonic- 30 points 9 hours ago
3 team deal?
[–]Heat Bobb_o 424 points 9 hours ago
Don't doubt Riley.
[–]Heat Bobb_o 248 points 8 hours ago
Did you miss how the Heat got Jimmy Butler with having no cap space entering FA?
[–]Bulls tfbillc 75 points 8 hours ago
Was just playing around with the trade machine thinking of a three way trade between OKC, Houston and Miami.
Chris Paul to Miami. Westbrook and James Johnson to Rockets. Dragic, Gordon and picks from HOU to Thunder.
[–]Heat squeakaz0id 16 points 8 hours ago
No thank you. CP3 is the worst.
[–]sharklavapit 241 points 8 hours ago
Rockets is exactly the team Westbrook fits in the WORST.
Morey/D'ANtoni would have a heart attack with Westbrook playing for them
[–]EShy 11 points 7 hours ago
Heart Attack? Maybe that will force D'Antoni to retire and the Rockets will finally get a coach who can make adjustments in a playoff series
[–]Rockets talknojutsu312 301 points 9 hours ago
Knicks should trade for him
[–][NYK] Lance Thomas scmsf49 561 points 9 hours ago
yall dont even think before you post you just say dumb shit
We didn't want your overpaid old point guard, why would we want someone elses?
[–]Lakers suckerpunch085 7 points 8 hours ago
Golden state D'Lo for Westbrook!
[–][NYK] Kurt Thomas The_MadStork 1253 points 10 hours ago
r/nba about to be in shambles when Westbrook balls out under a competent coach
[–][POR] Kevin Duckworth IanCaesars 49 points 9 hours ago
I hope it will happen.
[–][CHA] Malik Monk CLTwolf 49 points 9 hours ago
That’s just not gonna happen. Westbrook is, in a lot of ways, set in stone as a player at this point. How easy do you think it would be to get a 31 year old former MVP that makes $40 million a year to actually move without the ball and not take so many bad shots?
[–]Thunder Ssumday_is_love 498 points 9 hours ago
Imagine him under Pop or Phil
[–][UTA] Adam Keefe jliv60 479 points 9 hours ago
Pop would die trying to get Westbrook's BBIQ caught up to his skill level. Some of Westbrook's habits would be hard to break
[–]Thunder TomagotchiPeakin 138 points 9 hours ago
That’s Russ in a nutshell. He knows what he should do he even tries the right things often his old habits just always outweigh them. Still my guy wherever he goes.
[–]Warriors athleticshark 137 points 9 hours ago
Westbrook already balls out
His issue is BBIQ and making adjustments
No one underestimates his skill. It is the other shit
[–][CLE] Manny Harris Swift_taco_mechanic 93 points 9 hours ago
A lot of people underestimate his skill cause he can’t shoot very well and that is completely fair
[–]76ers hk0125 21 points 8 hours ago
It’s not just poor shooting, it’s poor decision making both on offense and defense. I know OKC fans hate hearing this but as good as WB is, he doesn’t necessarily play winning basketball in the playoffs where every possession is crucial.
[–]Thunder Wes___Mantooth 495 points 9 hours ago
If he pulled it off Russ would be absolutely terrifying. Imagine if Russ had been under Pop from day 1.
[–][CHA] Robert Parish Bignova 14 points 6 hours ago
He'd be insane. Man was MVP without the help of incredible coaching. Give him one of the best coaches of all time ? its game over.
[–]Nuggets Seanis 62 points 8 hours ago
That version of Russ would be crazy, especially since they woulda had his shot way better with the best shooting coach in the league
[–]Thunder fryseyes 18 points 7 hours ago
And his off-ball movement would be completely different - that’s one of the most frustrating parts. Hurts his teammates so much when he just stands there.