NBA Trade Rumors: Hey Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timbervoles, Listen Up…Here’s An Idea

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Over the past two years, there have probably been 1,000 trade ideas involving Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The basic premise is that Russell Westbrook is unbelievable, but he and Kevin Durant can’t coexist perfectly, and one of them needs to go.

Obviously, the assumption is that Durant should stay, so that leaves Russell Westbrook – one of the ten best players in the NBA by any calculation – out in the cold.

In this post, I will debunk the thinking behind one persistent Russell Westbrook trade pipe-dream…and then present another one that actually makes sense for both teams.

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Russell Westbrook isn't on the trade block, but should he be? (Photo by Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA via Wikimedia Commons)

Russell Westbrook for Rajon Rondo? Please.

The one guy who keeps coming up in Westbrook talks is Rajon Rondo. The thinking is that Rondo is a pass-first PG, and Westbrook is a scorer;  Rondo would mesh perfectly with Durant and would make it personal mission every single night to get Durant 40 points a game.

This is all well and good, but everyone is forgetting one thing:

In no way, shape, or form is Rajon Rondo nearly as good as Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook is a better scorer.  Westbrook is a better shooter.  Westbrook is stronger.  Westbrook is more athletic. Westbrook is bigger.  Westbrook is younger.  Westbrook outplayed Rondo so bad last summer on Team USA that Coach K had to cut Rondo just days before the games.

Sure, Rondo is a better passer, but he’s still 1-7 against RW on the ability scoreboard.

So unless the Celtics offered to trade the Thunder Rondo, Ray Allen, a draft pick, and possibly another young player…the Thunder would never accept the trade.

Even if the assumption is that Westbrook is a slight headcase…what do you think you are trading for in Rajon Rondo?

Really, this is just a pipe-dream created by Celtics fans.  They know that you can’t build a team around Rajon Rondo going forward.  Westbrook, on the other hand, could absolutely be Derrick Rose in the right setting.

But there is one trade that does make sense, not just for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but also for the other team involved.

Russell Westbrook To The T’Wolves? Hmm…

Unfortunately, it would never happen.

The names are simply too big.  The shakeup would be too great.  And NBA teams, as a general rule, usually end up being gutless in these kinds of situations.

But look past the “it would never happen” part of this trade.  I challenge you to find a loser in the following deal.

I know, I know.  Rubio, Love, and Westbrook involved in one trade?  No way.

But think about it.

Continue reading to see why this trade would work out well in both the short-term and long-term for each side.

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About Jon Washburn

Jon Washburn grew up in Indianapolis, IN and as such, is a diehard Pacers, Colts, and Cubs fans. When it comes to college, he cheers for Notre Dame football fan and Purdue basketball. Yes, this sounds shady, but since he grew up without cable, he learned to love Notre Dame - the only team on TV. Glenn "The Big Dog" Robinson was at Purdue when Jon was in his formative years, so he latched onto them as well. Did that make him a fair-weather fan at the time? Sure. Give him a break...he was 8...and he has stayed with those teams ever since. Currently, he lives in Charleston, SC with his wife who grew up in Cleveland. Although he is no longer physically in the Midwest, his heart will always be there. Jon goes by the name "Twitch" because he has Tourette's Syndrome. Hit him up on his twitter @jwtwitch.

Comments

  1. Trevor Stewart says:

    As a longtime Sonics and now Thunder fan, I would love this trade. The problem with the Thunder is they lack a low post scoring threat. Ibaka gets mostly putbacks and can hit an occasional jumper, but he is not a smooth operator on the block like Love. Add that Love can hit the three ball and this is a dream trade for the Thunder. Unfortunately, I just don’t think it will ever happen…

  2. this would work only if david kahn took trading pointers from kevin mchale. this trade makes minnesota a worse team. westbrook is good but without a second star he would not be able to carry a young inexperienced team. at a time when the wolves are trying to make improvements why set yourself back even more with this trade. in minnesota kevin love is kevin durant the only way you trade him is for some teams franchise player.

    • I appreciate your comments.  I actually think that Westbrook is a much better piece to build around than Kevin Love.  Again, I compared Westbrook to Rose…Rose can lead a team to 50 wins with the right pieces around him…I’m not sure that Kevin Love can do the same.  At his best, I think he’s the perfect compliment to someone.  
      Also, the T-Wolves ARE at risk right now of losing Love in a few years…I think they would rather have Westbrook for the next five.

      • thanks.

        love wanted five years wolves only offered four so love said three. I know love on a championship team is the number two option. also a guard is a very valuable piece. but westbrook is no rose. he can get great numbers with a great number one option like durant. but hes more like a stephan marbury, he lacks the leadership, drive and maturity of a rose. although he is one of the top guards in the nba. I am merely pointing out that if you have a 8 you value as a 10 you will only move him in a package with your second best player in rubio for a sure 10 not another 8 and scraps.

  3. Fraser L says:

    I’d just like to say that Kevin Love wanted a five year deal. It was Minnesota that messed that up by only offering him 4 years. They only did this so that they could maintain the flexibility to offer the 5 year deal to another player in the future (perhaps Rubio). In that situation do you blame him for adding the player option for the 4th year? Their loss.

  4. Richard J Picone says:

    I will officially never read another article written by you. This is such filth its ridiculous. Not only does Minnesota not need to make a trade at all considering they are the youngest team in the NBA and in the playoff hunt already but Love and Rubio for westbrook? Love is already better than Westbrook, he may even win MVP this season.

  5. Jaygentry says:

    Why you trying to fix something that ain’t broke?

  6. I don’t like the trade because westbrook is a lot better thin Rubio but I like Love maybe if they throw in a couple million dollars to help there salary cap thin I think it would be a Ok trade

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