According to well-known NBA correspondent Adrian Wojnarowski, sources revealed that Thunder player Russell Westbrook and his agent Thad Foucher are actively discussing the next steps with Thunder General Manager Sam Presti, including this summer. The possibility of trading Westbrook.
According to sources, Westbrook and the Thunder have had 11 years of cooperation, and now both sides understand that it is time to explore the possibility of trading. Paul George was sent to the Clippers, and the arrival of fresh blood like Shea-Gilgers-Alexander also marked the beginning of the reinvention of the Thunder lineup.
Woj wrote in the article that it may not be wise to leave Westbrook's remaining $170 million contract for four years in a situation where the Thunder's current competitiveness may not be strong enough. The Thunder may still realign the lineup, continue to build a competitive lineup around Westbrook and Steve Adams, but this may not seem likely, the Thunder currently has to pay a $43 million luxury tax, which is traded in George. Before they left, they were already in a cost-reduction mode, and now they will only speed up the process.
Westbrook renewed in September 2017 with a five-year, $205 million contract. His contract will expire in 2023 and the player option for the 2022-23 season. His current contract is about $170 million in four years.
Westbrook was selected by the Thunder in the first round of the 2008 first round. He has played for the Thunder in his career. He has played 34.5 minutes per game in the regular season and scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8.4 assists.