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Russell Westbrook and Paul George conducted their first workout together as Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Monday in Los Angeles, according to ESPN.
The two superstars were joined by Jerami Grant, Kyle Singler, Semaj Christon and Doug McDermott on the campus of UCLA.
George was traded to the Thunder in June, and he and Westbrook have started to develop a rapport with one another ever since the night of the trade.
Before becoming teammates with a blockbuster trade hours before free agency opened, George and Westbrook were said to be only casual acquaintances primarily as opponents and teammates for USA Basketball. Following the trade, Westbrook and George spoke on the phone the night it happened, then spent time together in person for a few hours the day before George was officially introduced in Oklahoma City.
Westbrook became the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double for an entire season this past year by producing a stat line of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.
He won the most valuable player award, but the Thunder were eliminated in five games by the Houston Rockets in the first-round of the playoffs.
To say OKC struggled when Westbrook went to the bench against the Rockets, is a massive understatement.
In their series versus Houston, OKC was a +15 when Westbrook was on the floor and a -58 with him on the bench. It was clear that GM Sam Presti needed to acquire another scorer to take the pressure off of Westbrook’s shoulders.
Well, that’s exactly what Presti did, as he traded for George — one of the best two-way players in the league who can create his own shot off the dribble and get baskets in bunches.
George averaged 23.7 points per game with the Indiana Pacers in 2016-17.