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Russell Westbrook initially broached the idea of being traded shortly after the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round playoff loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Westbrook was sent to the Houston Rockets on Thursday for Chris Paul and two first-round picks.
While Westbrook was open to staying in OKC, he also made it known in a meeting with the front office this week that he was open to being dealt. The meeting followed the Thunder’s trade of Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Once Westbrook learned Houston was a possible destination, both he and Rockets star James Harden pushed for the move, Feigen reported.
The Thunder won just three total playoff games in the two years Westbrook and George played together. While the two developed a bond, Westbrook did not try to talk George out of his trade request to the Clippers, ESPN reported.
That set up Westbrook’s trade, as Thunder general manager Sam Presti has decided to retool with the franchise with eight first-round picks, acquired in the three trades of the past five days. (The Thunder also traded forward Jeramie Grant to the Denver Nuggets.)
Westbrook, 30, averaged 22.9 points, a career-high 11.1 rebounds and a career-high 10.7 assists in 73 games last season.
Paul, 34, averaged 15.6 points and 8.2 assists in 58 games. There is talk that Paul could be moved to a third team, with the Miami Heat being mentioned as a possibility.