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.
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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.