It's been the big elephant in the room for a long time now. Since last year's playoffs, there have been talks of "Are the Oklahoma City Thunder willing to trade Russell Westbrook?" The talks began when Westbrook began shooting more than Kevin Durant and turning the ball over at a rather high rate. The talks peaked last year as Westbrook went a combined 36-of-100 from the field in the Thunder's five-game series against Dallas.
Westbrook did nothing to defuse the talks this season when he and Kevin Durant got into an altercation on the bench early in the Thunder's game Wednesday night. While Durant did his part in defusing it, this is just the beginning.
As a Lakers fan, I remember the Shaq/Kobe feud that led to the split of a dynasty. The Lakers held on to both and were forced to deal Shaq and suffer through some down years. If the Thunder are smart, they'll learn from the Lakers' mistake and use Westbrook as bait to build a team around their star for the future.
Here's five teams that should make a move on the young PG.