Westbrook, the fiery, dynamic ball handler for the Thunder, is now the lone superstar in Oklahoma City and will be entering the final year of his contract in 2016-17. It’s a given that Westbrook is going to put up tremendous numbers in the upcoming year, and it falls on the Thunder’s front office to decide if they want to trade him or not. It’s possible he winds up with the Lakers or Celtics next year, but it’s also possible he stays with the Thunder to show Durant they can win without him.
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Fortunately for them, Westbrook has not given the organization an indication of wanting a trade, according to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman. Slater also pointed out how one of his sources said that Westbrook is “ticked off” about the whole situation with Kevin Durant’s free agency.
Westbrook went on to embrace the situation and is ready for his “new challenge” for next year.
When Durant went down with his foot injury during the 2014-15 season, Westbrook played in 26 games without his wingman and averaged 31.2 points, 9.9 assists, and 8.8 rebounds for Oklahoma City. In those games, the Thunder managed to escape with a 14-12 record as they struggled without the efficient scoring of Durant.
While Westbrook being by himself would be great to watch, it would leave the Thunder on the brink of the playoffs as they get caught between trying to rebuild or find a way to bring on another premier player to become contenders again.
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