Oklahoma City Thunder Should Trade Russell Westbrook For Rajon Rondo

Russell Westbrook

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Kevin Durant is a scoring machine. Durant put up historic numbers in the month of January, and many people attribute his spike in scoring to the fact that Russell Westbrook has been out of the lineup due to injury. Westbrook is believed to shoot too much and take touches away from Durant. So after giving this some thought wouldn’t it make sense for the Oklahoma City Thunder to trade Westbrook for a point guard who facilitates more?

The answer to that question is yes, and the guy they should target is none other than Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics. Rondo is a great facilitator and can distribute the ball to everyone. He runs a better offense and would take less shots than Westrbook.

The downside to having Rondo is the fact that he is not the greatest shooter. He has gotten better over the years but is still inconsistent when shooting a long range or three-point shot. Teams could sag off Rondo and choose to double team Durant or close off on the other shooters they have such as Jeremy Lamb.

Reggie Jackson‘s recent surge has also made Westrbook expendable. The Thunder can move Westbrook for Rondo and then trade Jackson to get a pick and a solid backup point guard back. A team like the New York Knicks are always interested in giving up picks, and Raymond Felton would be a great backup point guard.

The Celtics would likely be looking for a first round draft pick in return because they are trying to rebuild through the draft. They would now have a cornerstone for their franchise and could add a lottery player such as Joel Embiid to make their future bright. With Westbrook signed until after 2017 it would give the Celtics a couple of years to develop into a playoff team once again.

With Durant clearly asserting his dominance the Thunder should seriously consider trying to move Westbrook for Rondo. Westbrook also has a large cap hit, and Rondo is only signed for one more year. This could give the Thunder more flexibility to trade for or sign another piece in their push for a championship.

This trade hasn’t been discussed by the mass media and it probably won’t be. But it makes sense for the Thunder and the Celtics, and the move should be considered if the Thunder want to win a championship soon.

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  • Tvaddic

    Stop it this is too much, Kevin Durant is scoring more because he has the ball in his hand more. He only averages about 4-5 more shots with Westbrook out of the lineup. That could be attributed to him playing more minutes, when Westbrook was in the lineup KD was playing the fewest minutes of his career since his rookie season. And lastly Rondo and Durant wouldn’t fit, they would back off Rondo every game and double Durant.

    They Thunder are 21-4 with Westbrook and 17-7 without him, they also have a higher point differential with him. They shouldn’t trade him. When a player has to average nearly 10 more points then the 2nd highest scorer in the league, your team is flawed. This is just stupid.

    • Brandon Fitzpatrick

      Well you made my first point for when I said with Westbrook in the lineup he takes away touches from Durant. Second people backed off of Rondo when they had Paul Pierce and KG and he still got them the ball. He is good enough off the dribble to still create open shots for his teammates. Ibaka is playing awesome and can hit the mid range. Rondo would also get even more open looks for Lamb and Ibaka because of his ability to finish in the paint. You can have your opinion but it would help out. Westbrook isn’t a true point guard I don’t care what his assists totals are he just isn’t.

      • Tvaddic

        That’s a flawed argument, Rondo would take touches from KD too. The Lakers won the 2010 Finals because they sagged off Rondo soo much. Ibaka can hit the midrange jumper but he needs a ballhandler he is comfortable with, Reggie Jackson only assisted on 10 more Ibaka made field goals than Russell Westbrook even though WB missed more than half of the teams games. Lamb’s FG% has gone down drastically since WB, most likely due to him messing WB’s driving ability. “And even though he finishes in the top 10 in assists, I’m going to ignore that because he isn’t a true PG.” That’s how you sound.

        Westbrook won’t get trade because KD would get mad, if a team keeps trading every good player, Harden and Green for example, he would eventually get upset.

        • WardenOfTheNorth

          Lakers won the 2010 Finals because Perkins blew his knee out in Game 6 and the C’s couldn’t rebound the ball. Look at the stats. Rondo had nothing to do with them losing. Rasheed was gassed and Gasol and Bynum were too much for the C’s front court. Rondo makes his teammates better. He would make everyone around KD better.