Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rockets Fined $25,000 By NBA For Tilman Fertitta's Comments On Russell Westbrook

Rockets Fined $25,000 By NBA For Tilman Fertitta's Comments On Russell Westbrook

Paul and the Rockets tried to save face by saying that everything was good between he and the organization, but when it became clear that Westbrook could be on the trade block, Harden wanted general manager Daryl Morey to make the move for the dynamic point guard. "As a result, and due to his history with the Thunder, we worked together to accommodate this", Presti said. "Our ability to have these types of conversations and work so closely with Russell and his agent Thad Foucher is only possible because of the depth of the relationship that has been built over the last 11 years". We wish them nothing but happiness and success in the future.

Paul, 34, returns to Oklahoma City, where he played his first two National Basketball Association seasons (2005-07) when the New Orleans franchise was temporarily relocated after Hurricane Katrina.

Westbrook leaves as Oklahoma City's all-time leader in points (18,859), assists (6,897), rebounds (5,760) and steals (1,442).

In addition to being named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2016-17, Westbrook is an eight-time All-Star, two-time All-Star Game MVP, eight-time All-NBA selection (First Team twice, Second Team five times, Third Team once), and he won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA in 2012. Despite the Rockets being a couple made threes away from reaching the NBA Finals in 2018, they've sputtered out in the Western Conference Semifinals in both 2017 and 2019, leading to questions about just how successful an offense predicated on James Harden posting historic usage rates can be.

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"His legacy here is enormous, and he will be honored by the team for all he has done". We're always going to try to get better. Oklahoma City, however, is reportedly open to moving him again. "So I do think that these teams have a lot to talk about".

A nine-time All-Star and four-time league assists leader, Paul averaged 15.6 points, 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 58 games last season. "The Thunder have expressed an interest in giving one of those picks back but they would want another pick farther off into the future".

"We welcome Chris back to Oklahoma City where as a member of the Hornets he helped to pave the way for the Thunder's arrival in OKC". Based on where OKC or the Heat finish in the standings, the Thunder has a chance to have multiple first-round picks in six of the next seven drafts. Additionally, Oklahoma City secures the right to first-round pick swaps with Houston in 2021 and 2025.

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