Report: Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to Rockets for Chris Paul, picks

The Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for a package that includes Chris Paul and draft picks.

ESPN also reports that the 2024 and 2026 picks are top-four protected.

According to the report, Westbrook wanted to play with his former Thunder teammate James Harden, and OKC general manager Sam Presti worked with Westbrook to make the deal happen.

After years of playoff relevance, the Thunder switched gears to a rebuild this offseason when Paul George asked to be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers to join Kawhi Leonard. The Thunder granted the request in a deal that netted multiple first-round draft picks in return.

The George deal signaled the end of an era with Westbrook in Oklahoma City, as it made no sense for a rebuilding franchise to keep an MVP-caliber player on a max deal on the roster as it looked to start from scratch.

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