Following the surprise trade of Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, it seems that Russell Westbrook could possibly be next to be traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder have announced that they are listening to trade offers for their star point guard. If Russell Westbrook is traded it will truly be an end of an era as he has has spent his entire 11 year career with the Thunder. Russell Westbrook is currently the only member of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2012 NBA Finals team remaining on the roster. Be that as it may there are several teams that have expressed interest in trading for the star point guard including the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks. While I would like to look at the best trades for Russell Westbrook, I would also like to look at the best trades to put talent around him with OKC. So here we go with the best Oklahoma City Thunder trade scenarios.
Russell Westbrook to the Miami Heat:
Miami Heat receive: Russell Westbrook and a second round pick
Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, and Tyler Herro
We start of with a trade that would send Russell Westbrook to the Miami Heat a team that has expressed interest in trading for him. This trade would be beneficial for both sides as Miami would pair two of the best perimeter players in the NBA in Russell Westbrook and Jimmy Butler. The Heat would become serious contenders with Westbrook and Butler in their lineup as they would have a solid supporting cast in James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters, Bam Adebayo, Derrick Jones Jr., and recently acquired Meyers Leonard. Meanwhile, the Thunder would take on Goran Dragic’s expiring contract while acquiring two young players in Justise Winslow and Tyler Herro. In addition to the draft picks they acquired in the Paul George trade, this trade would great for the Thunder in their eventual rebuild.
Bradley Beal to the Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Bradley Beal
Washington Wizards receive: Dennis Schroder, Andre Roberson and Terence Ferguson
While this trade does not make sense from a luxury tax standpoint for the Thunder, it could still be beneficial for both teams. The Thunder would acquire a player in Bradley Beal who is a dynamic scorer who can spread the floor, can create his own shot, can shoot off the dribble or catch and shoot. The Wizards would acquire an expiring Andre Roberson contract creating cap space while also acquiring a solid replacement for John Wall in Dennis Schroder as he recovers from injury. Also, the Wizards would get an athletic guard in Terrance Ferguson who is a solid shooter that could either be a starter or a sixth man.
Russell Westbrook to the Cleveland Cavaliers (Three team trade)
Cleveland Cavaliers receive: Russell Westbrook
Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Reggie Jackson, Jordan Clarkson, and J.R. Smith
Detroit Pistons receive: Dennis Schroder and Collin Sexton
This is a very good trade for each team involved as each get full compensation for what they lose. Starting with the team that gains Russ, the Cavs would reunite two college teammates in Russ and Kevin Love meaning the chemistry is already there between the two. Also, the pair would have a very good supporting cast to make a run for a playoff spot in the relatively weak Eastern Conference. The Thunder would be regaining a former guard Reggie Jackson as a more mature player than when they had him while also adding two very good shooters/scorers in Jordan Clarkson and J.R. Smith. The Pistons add two solid young guards in Dennis Schroder and Collin Sexton that could be effective for them down the line.
Russell Westbrook to the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves receive: Russell Westbrook and Terrance Ferguson
Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague
This would be very interesting as we would see a pairing of Russell Westbrook and Karl Anthony-Towns. The Timberwolves are another team that has expressed in Russ and this is a good trade to acquire him with. The Wolves would add a player with an alpha personality that they have been missing since letting go guys like Jimmy Butler and Kevin Garnett. Since 2004, they have only made the playoffs once and that was the season before last when they had Jimmy Butler. With the acquisition of Russell Westbrook, they would surely be in the running for a playoff spot. The Thunder don’t do too bad with this trade either acquiring two solid veteran players. While Andrew Wiggins has been criticized for not living up to his true potential, this would be good for him to get a fresh start. This would be a blessing or a curse for Wiggins as this could tell us whether he can regain the star quality he had his rookie season or whether he declines further than he already has.
Kevin Love to the Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova
Cleveland Cavaliers: Dennis Schroder, Patrick Patterson, Andre Roberson and two second round picks
The final trade is a trade reuniting college teammates but with the roles reversed. This time its Kevin Love coming to OKC instead of Russ going to Cleveland. This move would arguably be better for OKC as they have more established veterans in their lineup and better shooting with Love and Dellavedova. Cleveland, on the other hand, would acquire two expiring contracts in Patrick Patterson and Andre Roberson as well a solid guard in Dennis Schroder. In addition to Cleveland’s roster improving, they also gain two draft picks as a team that already has a good amount of draft picks.