Russell Westbrook has been an absolute machine for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the absence of reigning MVP Kevin Durant.
But that doesn't mean that the Thunder are thinking about trading Kevin Durant any time soon. General manager Sam Presti made that very clear in a press conference yesterday when the subject was brought up.
Former NBA executive and current ESPN analyst Tom Penn suggested that the Thunder would be more likely to trade Durant in light of Westbrook‘s incredible run whilst Durant has been sidelined. Let's just say that Penn might not be in Presti's Christmas card list this year.
Durant will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2016 season and half the NBA will be interested in signing the incredibly talented small forward.
Because of this, Penn surmised that the Thunder would not be above trying to trade Durant so that they would get something in return for their star man, just like they did with James Harden for example, but obviously on a much larger scale.
Presti is completely and utterly shutting down that line of thinking however.
It’s ludicrous to assert that we would trade Kevin. There’s no way to measure what he represents to our organization on and off the floor. He has helped build this organization from the ground up and personifies the Thunder: past, present and future.
"When he’s done playing there will be streets named after him throughout the state and younger generations of Oklahomans will learn about the role Kevin has played in elevating this community in ways beyond basketball," Presti said according to CBS Sports.
If the Thunder believe that Durant will bolt in free agency, then they will definitely think about it. Until then, it' ludicrous.