NBA Trade Rumors: Analyzing Buzz on Russell Westbrook, Boston Celtics and More

July 12th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

With the NBA free-agent period largely winding down, general managers are running out of ways to improve their squads ahead of the 2016-17 season.

It's doubtful the league will see any trade on the magnitude of Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors, but GMs still have the opportunity to get better if they can get creative in the trade market.

Below are the most recent rumblings regarding three teams that could potentially move some pieces around this summer.


Oklahoma City Thunder

Durant's departure to the Bay Area has left Thunder GM Sam Presti in an unenviable position.

He can basically throw in the towel for this year and trade Russell Westbrook. Fans in Oklahoma City would lay siege to Chesapeake Energy Arena in that scenario, but at least Presti would be setting the Thunder up for the long term. If Westbrook is likely to follow Durant out the door, the team would be smart to get something in return for him while it can.

Presti can also gamble on the possibility Westbrook re-signs with the Thunder next summer.

According to The Vertical's A ...

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