Imagine an NBA western conference matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs. One team has Kevin Durant, while the other features Russell Westbrook. That series would be one for the ages, and it actually has a shot of happening.
Westbrook is in the last year of his contract with the Thunder. Not only that, he hasn’t voiced any willingness to re-sign with the team. Many basketball experts have already begun speculating where the dynamic point guard will end up.
Former NBA player turned ESPN broadcaster Jalen Rose suggested that Westbrook should join the Spurs. In San Antonio, Westbrook would be the lead dog of a championship-caliber team.
“If he wants to go to a team that has a championship pedigree, pack up right now and go to San Antonio,” Rose said on ESPN’s First Take. “They have Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. The only team in the league whose forwards led them in scoring. Now you put him on top of the floor, he led the league in triple doubles. That would be insane.”
Hoops Habit indicated that Thunder general manager Sam Presti could call the Spurs for a potential trade. It’s worth mentioning that Presti used to work as an assistant executive for the Spurs, before getting hired as the general manager for the Thunder organization.
The Thunder will likely move Westbrook if they get either Leonard or Aldridge in return. If the Spurs want to keep their all-star forwards, the next best trade package would involve Kyle Anderson, Dejounte Murray, Danny Green and several future draft picks.
According to Pounding The Rock, the most realistic way the Spurs can have a Big Three of Westbrook, Leonard and Aldridge is through free agency. Like any super team, forming the trio would come at a huge cost. The Spurs would have to shed the contracts of Pau Gasol, Patty Mills, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to sign Westbrook to a max deal.
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