After Kevin Durant departed the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, the future at the Chesapeake Energy Arena seems a lot more uncertain.
Nobody, including the franchise, really expected the 2014 MVP to make the call he did in free agency. However, in a bid not to get stung twice in the space of 12 months, it seems the Thunder are seriously considering trading their All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook.
The triple-double machine will find himself in the same situation in 2017; an unrestricted free agent with franchises clamouring for his signature, and in a bid to protect their long-term goals, OKC are likely to move him on.
It has been reported that the Boston Celtics - who were one of the favourites to land Durant - are the most likely destination for Westbrook.
Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, who has been mingling with GMs at Summer League, recently said: "What I'm hearing here in Las Vegas from some GMs is that, not only do they think that Westbrook will get traded, that it will be sooner than later -- probably before the season starts -- and that the most likely destination right now would be the Boston Celtics."
According to reports, the L.A. Lakers are confident of landing Westbrook next summer when he is a free agent, but in the shorter term, it seems like TD Garden could be a likely destination and Boston have a lot to offer Oklahoma City.
The Celtics are swimming in draft picks - they have a first round selection in 2017, '18 and two in '19 with three second round choices next year, one in 2019 and another in 2020.
With Durant and potentially Westbrook exiting, the Thunder could deem it time for a rebuild around the likes of Steven Adams and Victor Oladipo. Draft picks would certainly help ease the blow.