Even though the NBA trade rumors suggest that Russell Westbrook will be leaving Oklahoma City Thunder, fresh information suggests that OKC is hoping to keep their star player. Hence, OKC is reportedly telling other teams that Westbrook is currently unavailable.
After Kevin Durant made his exit from OKC, speculations are rife that Westbrook may also join another NBA team. However, fresh reports suggest that the team has renounced the qualifying offer to Dion Waiters in a bid to create more cap space to renegotiate with Westbrook, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported.
However, the player has not revealed any official information on continuing his contract with OKC. It is up to him if he wants to remain with OKC with an increased paycheck for the upcoming NBA 2016-17 championship season or become available as a free agent next summer. There is a possibility that he can end up with a contract of $200 million with OKC in 2018.
NBA trade rumors indicate that if Westbrook remains with OKC, he will raise an increment of around $9 million for the forthcoming season. This will terminate Westbrook?s 2017 free agency and remain in contract for the 2017-18 season.
Also, it will provide OKC with enough time to acquire Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin, an Oklahoma native is a 2017 free agent who is now rumored to partner with Westbrook in the near future.
OKC has already lost Durant and did not get anything in return. Hence, it will be a wise move to re-sign Westbrook and bring Griffin onboard. Pairing these two players with young guns such as Steven Adams and Victor Oladipo would certainly help in building a stronger team.
There are several teams that are waiting to strike a deal with Westbrook. Recent NBA trade rumors suggests Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers are some of the teams that are interested in acquiring Westbrook.