Before Kevin Durant chose to sign with the Golden State Warriors, the conventional wisdom was that his likeliest move would be to re-up in Oklahoma City for one more season before making a long-term decision. According to Bleacher Report NBA insider Howard Beck, Westbrook's most likely landing spot is Boston.
That being said, if Presti truly ends up shopping Westbrook, there will be teams lined up around the block ready to make offers. Durant was the No. 2 pick in 2007, Westbrook was No. 4 in 2008, James Harden was No. 3 in 2009 and Serge Ibaka was No. 24 in 2008.
"What I'm hearing here in Las Vegas from some GMs is that not only do they think Westbrook will be traded but it will be sooner rather than later".
"That's not surprising", Beck said, " Anybody who's been following the National Basketball Association the past couple of years, we know Boston have been loading up on assets - a ton of picks, including all those great picks from the Brooklyn Nets.
Just yesterday, The Inquisitr reported that the Celtics were having discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers on a deal involving Blake Griffin and the team has also been linked to trade discussions involving Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. So at this point, it sounds like the Thunder would be willing to try and work out a trade for Westbrook if they can find the right trade partner, simply so that they can get something in return for their superstar. Pairing Westbrook with Horford would immediately give the Celtics one of the best guard/big-man combinations in the National Basketball Association, and - depending on which players Danny Ainge would be able to keep - the Celtics could surround the duo with high-level defenders like Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder.
Expect the Celtics to be involved in pretty much any trade rumor involving a star player this summer, as they look to cash in on their collection of assets and turn the franchise into a title contender.
"The Lakers think they can sign him", Broussard said. Enter the Celtics in possible trade talks. Westbrook is set to become a free agent next summer, and like KD, there's a good chance he might leave Oklahoma City once he hits the open market. Anything could happen. To wit: Who even imagined Oklahoma City could be facing this predicament when the offseason started?