Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news, noting OKC would also be receiving first-rounders in 2024 and 2026 as well as the right to swap picks in 2021 and 2025. According to Wojnarowski, reuniting with former Thunder teammate James Harden in Houston was Westbrook's preferred resolution.
Here's a look at the Rockets' updated roster following the trade:
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Houston was one of the top contenders in the NBA with the combination of Paul and Harden, averaging 59 victories over the last two seasons. The team came within one game of the NBA Finals in 2018.
Following the Rockets' second-round exit to the Golden State Warriors in May, though, Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports reported that the relationship between Paul and Harden had become "unsalvageable," with the former requesting a trade. Paul denied that report, and Houston general manager Daryl Morey made it clear last month that the point guard was not on the trading block.
Adding Westbrook into Mike D'Antoni's system could prove to be seamless as Westbrook and Harden spent three seasons together with the Thunder. The two played a key role in the franchise's early success in Oklahoma City, reaching the NBA Finals in 2012.
Of course, OKC Harden and Houston Harden are two different players. Harden averaged 12.7 points per game while coming off the bench for the Thunder; he has averaged 29.0 points in seven seasons for the Rockets, posting a career-high 36.1 ppg last season.
Bringing in Westbrook gives Houston two of the last three NBA MVPs on the same roster. A walking triple-double, Westbrook should help keep Harden's usage rate (39.6 percent in 2018-19) within reason.
The Harden-Westbrook duo will likely dominate the ball on offense, but there should be plenty of catch-and-shoot opportunities for Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker and others on the outside.
As things presently stand, Houston has no shortage of backcourt options. It will be up to Morey and Co. to figure out which of their options will best complement Harden and Westbrook.