The Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to make it seem like they aren’t shopping Russell Westbrook but they aren’t fooling anyone. Other rival General Managers are under the impression Westbrook will either be traded before the season or around the trade deadline. The favorite to land him is the Boston Celtics.
NBA insider Howard Beck reported the following:
“There’s a very strong suspicion, a strong belief, among rival GMs that Russell Wesbtrook is not intending to stay, that he would leave next summer when he hits free agency. And because of that, the logical next step is that Sam Presti — who is always ahead of the curve on these things — will look to trade him. Now, I don’t know that that’s happening right this moment.
What I’m hearing here in Las Vegas from some GMs is that, not only do they think that Westbrook will get traded, that it will be sooner than later — probably before the season starts — and that the most likely destination right now would be the Boston Celtics.”
Boston has a deep array of assets from young talents to future lottery picks. Westbrook is likely gone one way or the other. You may as well get as much as possible for him.