Russell Westbrook is officially back with the Oklahoma City Thunder. That means that the franchise must find out what their next plan of action will be on their new trajectory.
Kevin Durant is gone but, with one All-Star still firmly in the fold, the path toward contention for an NBA Championship can begin anew. A one-man wrecking crew is not going to be able to hang with teams like the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers on the scene.
The Thunder are planning on convincing current Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin to come home, according to The Vertical.
Griffin was drafted by Lob City in 2009 and the explosive power forward has never known another home in the NBA. However, The Poster Child was born in OKC and played his college basketball for the University of Oklahoma.
The organisation has their work cut out for them in prying the five-time All-Star away from the bright lights of the City of Angels. Compounding their difficulty is the fact that his current team can pay him the most money on the open market.
What Oklahoma can offer is a fresh start after a disappointing season that saw the former Sooner play in only 35 games after suffering numerous injuries.
There are also reports from The Vertical that describe a fraying of the relationship between Griffin and point guard Chris Paul.
The Clippers are in no rush to dump their young All-Star. Head coach Doc Rivers has been beating back trade rumors since the end of the season and recently backed his forwards’ contributions to the franchise’s efforts to woo Durant.
This isn’t the first report of the Thunder’s interest in the 26-year-old. It certainly won’t be the last as he heads towards free agency next summer.
If the team could get him in free agency, then we could see OKC become just as dangerous as their former incarnation.