After pushing James Harden and the Houston Rockets to seven games, the Oklahoma City Thunder finally saw their surprisingly great season come to an end. They had no business entering the playoffs, let alone pushing a championship-aspiring Rockets squad to the brink of elimination.
Team general manager Elton Brand already emphasized that he is not open to letting go of All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, which should mean that the members of the Sixers' supporting cast are up for grabs.
The 35-year old playmaker will not become a free agent until 2022, so the only possible route to get him to the Big Apple is through a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Which team has more potential to cause an upset?
Harden's three-point shooting has improved every year, tenfold under D'Antoni, if Westbrook can meld his game with efficient shooting then we could see the perfect mixture between passion, intensity and heart and analytics, efficiency and 'money-ball'.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed a monster trade with the Houston Rockets that will see Russell Westbrook join Houston with Chris Paul going the other way, as reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Rebuilding is a chore for players, front offices and fans alike. Considering how close the Thunder once got to greatness, it will be especially rough to start over. Oklahoma City must start their rebuild by removing their cornerstone.
The Los Angeles Clippers are acquiring All-NBA stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, as reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The parallels are most apparent between the Blazers and the Thunder at the point-guard position. Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard are two of the top five point-guards in the NBA. Both play with a chip on their shoulder the size of a boulder, but most importantly, both have shown unwavering loyalty to their franchises and their cities.
The NBA Playoffs begin this Saturday. Late season drama was limited, with the Detroit Pistons holding onto the eight seed in the East. We have known the Western Conference playoffs for a while, but the seedings altered in the final days of the regular season, changing the first-round matchups.
In the offseason, the Thunder made a very underrated trade, bringing Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder to OKC. This move went under the radar as most of the league was freaking about DeMarcus Cousins joining GSW. Anyway, no one appreciated that the trade was such a smart bit of business.
Oklahoma City Thunder beat Philadelphia 76ers 117-115 in a thrilling game at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
What now for one of the NBA's all-time greats?
Looking ahead to the Northwest Division in 2018/19.
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