USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt is on site at NBA Summer League and the buzz surrounding a potential Russell Westbrook trade has dominated the conversation.
Paul George’s time in Oklahoma City is over with the Clippers’ trade with the Thunder bringing George to Los Angeles to pair with Kawhi Leonard. The stunning moves shook up the NBA and set the Clippers up as title contenders.
But where does the deal leave Oklahoma City?
The Thunder suddenly find themselves looking at a potential rebuild. They acquired a haul of first-round draft picks from the Clippers, plus a promising young guard in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a versatile veteran forward in Danilo Gallinari.
A complete teardown and rebuild could be in the works, though, as reports began to surface shortly after the trade that Oklahoma City was exploring the possibility of moving former MVP Russell Westbrook.
It will be difficult to trade Westbrook. His contract (four years and about $171 million left) and playing style don’t make him the most attractive acquisition. However, if the Thunder do decide to deal him for future assets that accelerate a rebuild, there are a handful of teams who could…