Rumor: Thunder had no plans to trade Russell Westbrook, Paul George
Things are going to be different in OKC for a while. The Oklahoma City Thunder don’t have Russell Westbrook or Paul George any longer, with those players now on the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively.
Sam Presti is going to have to move forward, and he appears ready to do so. The Thunder now have a huge number of draft picks, but their front office will still need to be craft in order to make that haul pay off.
According to one executive on OKC’s staff, trading Westbrook and George was never in their plans.
From Keith Smith of Real GM:
Oklahoma City’s hand was forced, and it made the most sense for everyone involved to jettison Westbrook after George made his departure.
If you’d asked whether this team would look the way it does now in late July, nobody would have believed you.
But here we are, and Presti’s chops as a GM will be under the microscope once again.