Russell Westbrook, James Harden reunite in Houston; Chris Paul to OKC

Chris Lingebach
July 11, 2019 - 8:58 pm
Russell Westbrook, James Harden reunite in Houston; Chris Paul to Thunder

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Huge news out of the NBA. Russell Westbrook and James Harden are reuniting in Houston in a trade that also has Chris Paul on the move.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Westbrook to the Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026. Additionally, the teams will swap picks in 2021 and 2025, per Wojnarowski.

Westbrook and Harden played together, along with Kevin Durant, for three seasons in Oklahoma City, culminating with a trip to the NBA Finals in 2012, after which Harden was traded to Houston. The Thunder's only trip to the finals, they were eliminated in five games by the Miami Heat.

This continues a dramatic reshaping of the Western Conference, in a free agency period that's already seen Kawhi Leonard and Paul George join forces on the Clippers. George was traded by the Thunder last week, linking him with Leonard, who signed with the Clippers as a free agent.

Partner these moves with Anthony Davis joining LeBron James on the Lakers and it's anyone's guess who reigns dominant over the West in 2019-20 and beyond.

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