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OKC trades Russell Westbrook to Houston for Chris Paul


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#41 DanishLakerFan

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Posted August 01, 2019 - 06:00 AM

Whatever made Russell a bad free throw shooter might be injury related. If he can return to the shooting he had two years ago the Rockets could be dangerous. If Russ plays with the energy he plays with and Harden can play off ball considerably more they could be very dangerous under MDA. Tucker has evolved to a high level 3-d forward and Capella and Eric Gordon round out a nice top 5.
Hope they face the Clippers

 

The Rockets are going to be really good. Westbrook and Harden have their flaws and aren't an ideal match, but they're still two of the best attack-guards in the league right now, Tucker-Capela-EG are solid role players and MDA is a great coach. They need to find wing-depth somehow, but the potential of their top 5 is really high.



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Posted August 01, 2019 - 06:37 AM

I would say Presti has a well designed plan for CP3 that don't end up torching 100 millions.
He just trade their franchise player for him and some picks. He should get fired if they buy him out or attach their picks to a trade. It will make Westbrook trade look the most ridiculous ever.

 

OKC managed to land 3 MVPs and a DPOY-candidate over just 3 draft about a decade ago and have been a contender ever since (basically), and they've made smart decisions along the way. They didn't win but got awfully close. Now those guys are gone, CP3 is not at an age where he's going to carry on the torch and they guys to they have to build around (Shai and T. Ferguson) are in their early 20s. In other words, it's time to start over.

 

For OKC to be able to start over they have to get draft picks as soon as possible, and then be in position to benefit from all the HOU and LAC picks down the road, but CP3 and the other veterans are going to keep the Thunder relatively competitive (fringe playoff-team / late lottery team), which is the wrong place to be.

 

What i think will happen is that Presti will wait until guys can be traded again (dec/jan 15th) and then try to flip CP3 without having to give up any assets. If that doesn't happen, he probably starts moving some of the other vets they have instead (Gallo, Patterson, Schroeder, Adams and Roberson) and then try to move or buy-out CP3 later on. 


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