Opinion: In today's NBA, every summer can be a blockbuster, whether players are free agents or not


SportsPulse: Houston couldn’t stay idle and watch everyone else improve. USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down the blockbuster trade that sends Russell Westbrook to the Rockets where he will reunite with former teammate James Harden.

The morning after Oklahoma City reached a deal to trade Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, OKC mayor David Holt tweeted, “First things first… I suppose we all have to get used to the NBA reality that stars are free agents even when they’re not. It is what it is.”

The mayor is not only a basketball fan, he’s an astute one, even if days earlier he tweeted, “If you ask me, a quiet free agency is a blessing when you’ve still got an MVP & an MVP finalist on your roster.”

Yes mayor, life does come at you fast.

Neither player is with the Thunder anymore after OKC traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and two first-round picks.

In a league where players have often had power, stars wield it with greater authority in today’s NBA. Players go where they want, when they want and how they want whether they are free agents or not.

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