A quiet Thursday night just got disrupted big time by a major Woj bomb.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the OKC Thunder and Houston Rockets have agreed to a trade, OKC sending Russell Westbrook to Houston in exchange for Chris Paul.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.
The Rockets get Westbrook and the Thunder officially commit to a massive rebuild by acquiring Paul, first round picks in 2024 and 2026 and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025.
This reunites the OKC backcourt of Westbrook and James Harden, who last paired up in Oklahoma City in the 2011-2012 season.
The Thunder have now amassed a massive amount of draft picks through trades since the NBA Draft, hauling in eight first round picks between 2020 and 2026.
I left out Thunder’s Jerami Grant deal with Denver: OKC has acquired EIGHT first-round picks since draft night: 2020: Denver (1-10), 2021: Miami; 2022: LAC; 2023: Miami (1-14), 2024: LAC; 2024: Houston (1-14); 2026: LAC; 2026: Houston (1-4).
This gives them 15 first round picks between 2020 and 2026.
Need to factor in that with the recent trades, OKC will likely retain the 2020 first (top 20 protected to Philly) and 2022 first (top 14 protected to Atlanta). From 2020 to 2026: 15 first-round picks and the swap rights in 4 years.