In what could be the last NBA Offseason bomb to go off, this bomb clearly ended an era in Oklahoma City.

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The Houston Rockets have acquired Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 along with pick swaps in 2021 and 2025. The picks in 2024 and 2026 are protected 1-to-4, while the swap in 2021 is protected 1-4 (Thunder can swap Clippers’ pick or Heat Pick) and 1-20 in 2025.


The Thunder have been in rebuild mode since getting blindsided by Paul George’s trade request to the Clippers to team up with Kawhi Leonard. That deal brought Oklahoma City a wealth of future draft picks and signaled the end of the Westbrook era. It only took GM Sam Presti six days to find a package for the former MVP.

There have been rumors all summer of a rift between Paul and Rockets star James Harden. Now Harden and Westbrook — former teammates for three years in Oklahoma City — are set to share the court again.

So much has changed since Westbrook and Harden last shared the court together in Oklahoma City. Harden blew up into a superstar upon being traded to Houston, winning MVP in 2018 and finishing as runner-up for the award three other times. Westbrook won his own MVP by edging Harden in 2017 when he became the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double for the season. Westbrook has now averaged a triple-double for three seasons in a row.

For Paul, its more than likely, he will request a buyout from his contract. Paul will not want any parts of rebuild this late in his career.