Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

How Russell Westbrook Would Fit In With Jimmy Butler In Miami

How Russell Westbrook Would Fit In With Jimmy Butler In Miami

Here's a look into how the Chicago Bulls could jump into a trade deal also involving the Oklahoma City Thunder to help get point guard Russell Westbrook on the move.

Kawhi Leonard Watch is officially behind us, as the reigning NBA Finals MVP has reportedly chose to return home to California and sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Galllinari was traded Saturday to the Thunder along with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, four unprotected future first-round picks, one protected future first-round pick and the right to swap picks with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025 in exchange for Paul George, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

George was believed to be willing to play for the Raptors, per Wojnarowski, and Toronto had a real shot at acquiring him from the Thunder, So much so, in fact, that the insider says that at one point, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, team president Lawrence Frank and team general manager Michael Winger "harbored fears" that Presti was close to striking a deal with Toronto.

Westbrook has spent his entire 11-year career with the Thunder, averaging 23 points, 8.4 assists, and seven rebounds, averaging a triple-double of 26.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.4 assists in the last three seasons, winning the Most Valuable Player of the Year award in 2016/17.

The Leonard-George switch to LA has raised many intriguing prospects for the National Basketball Association - not least the future of Russell Westbrook. His trade request, according to Brett Dawson of The Athletic, caught the team by surprise.

On this occasion, George appeared to attempt to play down any suggestion that a rift with Westbrook had played a role in his departure, sharing a quote that said "I am not accepting any Westbrook slander!".

Whatever the case, there will be serious questions now for the Thunder and Westbrook over where they stand.

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