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Houston Rockets: Grading the Russell Westbrook trade

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder warms up before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder warms up before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder swapped Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul along with a few draft picks. Here are the trade grades for both teams.

On Thursday evening, the Houston Rockets made a lot of noise in what had otherwise been a very quiet summer. They made headlines by sending Chris Paul, along with picks, to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook.

Daryl Morey was able to work his magic once again, unloading the aging Paul’s massive contract for a former MVP who’s still in his prime. The Rockets now have a new and very dynamic back court, featuring the unrivaled athleticism of Westbrook and the shooting touch and craftiness of James Harden.

As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported, the Rockets sent Chris Paul, along with a 2024 and 2026 protected first-round pick and two pick swaps, in 2021 and 2025, to the Thunder in exchange for Westbrook.

This is yet another huge move in the 2019 offseason that shakes the power landscape of the NBA. The Rockets got a bit younger and more talented and they’re ready to take on the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors and any team that becomes a contender in the west.

The Thunder are obviously looking to rebuild and have stacked up on draft picks over the last week. Let’s grade how both the Rockets and Thunder did on this deal.

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