Russell Westbrook traded to the Houston Rockets

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Russel Westbrook

The Oklahoma City Thunder traded guard Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for guard Chris Paul and a pair of first-round draft picks, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

The Thunder will receive the Rockets’ first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 and the option to swap picks in 2021 and 2025, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young.

Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 are top-4 protected.

The 2021 swap is also protected 1-4, with the Thunder allowed to swap either of their first-rounders received from the Los Angeles Clippers or Miami Heat. The 2025 swap is protected from 1-20.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s James Harden (L) and Russell Westbrook (R)

The move reunites Westbrook, 30, with former Thunder team-mate and reigning NBA scoring champion James Harden. They played together for three seasons from 2009-12, making the play-offs all three years and reaching the NBA Finals in 2012.

Before Westbrook’s trade to the Rockets, the Miami Heat were reportedly interested, but only at the right price.

According to the Miami Herald, the Heat informed the Thunder during preliminary talks that rookie shooting guard Tyler Herro and center Bam Adebayo were not available.

The Heat were willing to offer the expiring contracts of Goran Dragic ($19.2 million) and Meyers Leonard ($11.3 million), but did not have much draft capital at their disposal.