Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

RUMOR: Rockets Emerge as 'Likely Suitor' For Russell Westbrook

RUMOR: Rockets Emerge as 'Likely Suitor' For Russell Westbrook

With Paul George leaving Oklahoma City to partner with Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers, Russell Westbrook's future with the Thunder is now in question. The Thunder also received forward Danilo Gallinari in the trade, but the veteran versatile scoring threat could be rerouted to another team.

A couple of different teams have been mentioned as potential landing spots for Westbrook, including the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets.

While Westbrook leaving the team that appears to have been loyal to him all throughout his entire National Basketball Association career sounds a bit surprising at this point, sources claimed that the Heat, on the other hand, has been chasing a number of National Basketball Association stars since they managed to trade for their new superstar, Jimmy Butler. Butler, however, did not meet with the Rockets before agreeing to a deal with the Miami Heat. It would be hard, however, thanks to Westbrook's supermax extension he signed in 2017.

A source said that Paul would not necessarily need to be involved in a deal that delivers Westbrook to the Rockets, although his $38.5 million salary is a flawless match with Westbrook's. Houston GM Daryl Morey has always prioritized acquiring as many stars as possible, and a reunion between Westbrook and James Harden could have some intrigue. They've been rumored to be shopping Steven Adams and they've just traded away Paul George.

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Goran Dragic was all set to go to Dallas as their starting point guard, slotted alongside reigning Rookie of the Year Luka Dončić and Kistaps Porzingis.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder makes a layup against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on December 12, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Westbrook, an 11-year veteran, has spent his entire career in Oklahoma City, averaging 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 8.4 assists. Harden won MVP honors the following season and finished second in the voting three times.

Tyson Chandler is also a likely target for the Rockets in their search for backup big, a source told ESPN.

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