“How about the Houston Rockets now?”— ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith in reaction to the Westbrook-Paul trade
This summer of NBA free agency and offseason moves has been absolutely bananas. Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to the LA Clippers, D’Angelo Russell to the Golden State Warriors — Woj bomb after Woj bomb from ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski. Just when we thought it was all over, he dropped another one. The Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul, two protected first-round draft picks and two pick swaps. Westbrook will reunite with his former Thunder teammate and fellow NBA MVP James Harden, while Paul will once again (if he’s not traded again) play in Oklahoma City, where he started his NBA career in 2005-06 after Hurricane Katrina forced the New Orleans Hornets to temporarily relocate the franchise. The NBA’s Western Conference is absolutely loaded with duo after duo of superstars. Clippers guard Patrick Beverley had the best reaction on Twitter to the Westbrook-Paul trade: “This year about to be littt🔥🔥🔥🔥” We’re certainly in for a crazy season.