The Oklahoma City Thunder will listen the trade offers for All-Star guard Russell Westbrook after he played 11 seasons with the franchise, an National Basketball Association insider said late on Monday. Grant has a $9.6 million player option on his 2020-21 contract. Westbrook now has suitors in Miami, Detroit, and Houston which is considered to have the longest odds of landing the former MVP. But his massive salary makes it hard for teams to propose a trade that would clear the necessary room for a team to absorb his $171 million contract to be paid out over the next four seasons.
OKC is likely headed toward a rebuild, following Paul George's departure to join Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers over the weekend.
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The New York Knicks could be another team to trade for Westbrook. The Detroit Pistons are tight against the cap so they would have to be interested in either moving a couple of young prospects, first round picks, along with the proper salary exchanged with veteran players to make the deal work.
The third team that comes to mind is the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers would also trade either J.R. Smith or Brandon Knight. While Woj reports that he still loves the Thunder and their fan base, he's also looking to win and OKC aren't in a position to do that right now. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still listening to offers for Kevin Love so the plan of those two playing together could be scratched. Dallas feels like they are ready to turn the corner. Specifically, what happens with Russell Westbrook?
The Bulls are still rebuilding but this could be their chance to land a star like Westbrook for the rebuild.