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Rockets Add Westbrook as OKC Rebuild Continues

In a stunning blockbuster deal, the Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul.


According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Houston has traded two first-round draft picks and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025 in exchange for Westbrook. 


Bobby Marks of ESPN also reports that the 15 percent trade kicker as part of Westbrook's contract will be voided.


The trade reunites Westbrook with James Harden, with whom he played during their early years with the Thunder from 2009 until 2012 until Harden was traded to the Rockets prior to the start of the 2012-13 season.


The Rockets came up just short of their ultimate goal over the past couple of years -- a championship. Despite startling regular season success, including a No. 1 seed in 2018, Houston came up a game short of the NBA Finals in 2017-18 and were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors for the second consecutive year in the 2019 NBA playoffs. They'll now attempt to contend for a title with the former MVP duo of Harden and Westbrook. 

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