July 13, 2016, 6:05 pm
Howard Beck reported for Bleacher Report on Wednesday that there is a strong belief among rival GMs that Russell Westbrook gets traded.
We’d link to the video directly but we’ve tried a few different computers and the video does not work (maybe it will for you). NESN has a writeup and it’s consistent with what most sites have passed along.
“Let’s just say there’s a very strong suspicion, a strong belief among rival GMs that Russell Westbrook is not intending to stay, that he would leave next summer when he hits free agency,” Beck said. “And because of that, the logical next step is that (Thunder general manager) Sam Presti — who is always ahead of the curve on these things — will look to trade him. I don’t know that that’s happening right this moment.”
“What I’m hearing here in Las Vegas from some GMs is that not only do they think Westbrook will get traded, that it’ll be sooner rather than later, probably before the season starts,” Beck said. “And that the most likely destination right now would be the Boston Celtics.”
It’s a bunch of speculation sourced by some guys that would love to see him get traded, the same type of speculation you’ve seen here and in other places. We’ve basically said if Westbrook doesn’t extend or give Presti the blood oath, then the Thunder need to trade him. We’ve also said we hope that doesn’t happen. Otherwise we’ll pass on this report until we get something more substantial.