Rocket Bomb: Russell Westbrook Headed to Houston for Chris Paul and Picks

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Rocket Bomb: Russell Westbrook Headed to Houston for Chris Paul and Picks

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Not that we were thinking Russell Westbrook was likely (or even necessarily desirably) to end up with the Bulls, but you can close that book now regardless.

The Thunder get their wish to send Westbrook out for picks, and they’ve helped yet another Western Conference power in the process:

Westbrook paired back up with James Harden? Wow. That’s gonna be something to watch. Same with the Western Conference overall, man. Ridiculous.

In the meantime, the Thunder will probably now try to move out Paul at some point, though his age and contract don’t exactly make him a compelling piece (hence the sizable pick return for the Thunder in the swap). But even if they don’t move Paul out, between this deal and the Paul George trade, they’ve loaded up for the very, very long-term:

Fortunately for Chicago, this trade doesn’t add another top talent into the East somewhere. Westbrook was linked very heavily to the Miami Heat who recently acquired Jimmy Butler.

While the Heat will be a better squad with the addition of Butler, they’re still looking to be around the bottom half of the Eastern Conference. The addition of Westbrook could have very well propelled them past the rebuilding Bulls, but the competition should remain leveled… for now.

Anyway, we’ll have more on the fallout from this one soon.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.