The Thunder agreeing to trade Russell Westbrook to the Lakers makes sense for both parties.
Any deal would nearly certainly have to include a swap of Westbrook and Chris Paul, who knows, crazier things have happened and all three could end up on the same team.
With the Thunder agreeing to trade Paul George to the Clippers for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and five first-round draft picks, the focus leaguewide has turned to Westbrook.
Oklahoma City has reportedly traded Jerami Grant to the Denver Nuggets for a 2020 first round draft pick. Assuming that the deal will really happen, it will bring out more questions and possibilities about the Butler-Westbrook duo before they even play together next season. They've been rumored to be shopping Steven Adams and they've just traded away Paul George.More news: Rule of law in Venezuela 'eroded': UN rights chief
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With the biggest names in the National Basketball Association now switching teams, it is not impossible for a superstar like Westbrook to make this Heat deal become a reality in the future.
Houston has been ambitious in its pursuit of top talent, and ESPN's report states it might be able to acquire Westbrook without moving Chris Paul, who has three years and $125 million remaining on his contract.
Noel, 25, averaged 4.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 77 games (two starts) last season.
Westbrook won the MVP in a close vote over Harden in 2016-17, when the Thunder point guard averaged a league-leading 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double for a season.
Tyson Chandler is also a likely target for the Rockets in their search for backup big, a source told ESPN.