Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to Rockets for Chris Paul in blockbuster


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.

Russell Westbrook and James Harden are teammates again — this time with the Houston Rockets.

And now the Rockets have the 2017 MVP (Westbrook) and 2018 MVP (Harden).

Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti continues to reshape the team’s future, sending Westbrook to the Rockets for Chris Paul and two first-round draft picks, a person familiar with the deal told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the deal is announced by the teams.

Oklahoma City in the past week has moved fast when it comes to trading All-Stars. First, it was Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, and now it’s Westbrook to the Rockets, where he will join former Thunder teammate Harden.

After the Thunder traded George for five first-round round picks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari, it became apparent Westbrook’s time in Oklahoma City was coming to an end.


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