After Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors (two-year $54 million deal), the Oklahoma City Thunder now have only one superstar - Russell Westbrook.
With Westbrook an unrestricted free agent in 2017, there are thoughts about a possible trade to his hometown Los Angeles Lakers or a contending team, since re-working his current deal evidently is not an option.
The Beastbrook will be the free agent next summer and Thunder should trade him before it's too late. They can't afford to lose him like Kevin Durant.
Nobody knows how D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle will develop in the future, but they are a good combination for the Thunder and maybe the best offer to build their team with young players.
Of course, Lakers must add more pieces to match $17.7 million remaining in his contract. They can add Nick Young and Lou Williams.
Oklahoma City Thunder will get two young players, and they could build their future with Victor Oladipo. They will have one of the most perspective "Young Three" in this league, like Minnesota Timberwolves have with Karl-Anthony Towns, Andre Wiggins, and Zach Lavine.
Lakers will finally get a superstar and he will play with Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson. If Los Angeles Lakers could find a good power forward or center, they will become an NBA Playoffs Contender 2017/18.
Westbrook was born and raised in Los Angeles, and we know that Los Angeles Lakers were his favorite team and Kobe Bryant his favorite player.
Last season with Thunder, Westbrook ended up averaging 23.5 points, 10.4 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game and he will be next 5 years in his prime.
With the Beastbrook and Brandon Ingram, the Lakers will have one superstar and one who will become the superstar in the next few years. They will need one big man to complete their squad.
Blake Griffin is unrestricted free agent 2017, and if he doesn't win a title with Los Angeles Clippers, I'm sure that Chris Paul will leave the Clippers. Blake will have many options, but he could play with Russell Westbrook and Los Angeles Lakers?
Both are high-flyer players, and with Brandon Ingram, they could become one of the best team in the Western Conference with Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.
If Lakers want to add Blake Griffin, they will use the amnesty for Timofey Mozgov. Yes, spending a lot of money was a stupid move by Mitch Kupchak. He should think about their future, not just about the next season because they don't have good odds for the NBA Playoffs 2017.
What do you think about the Los Angeles new team with Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram? Yes, it's possible, but Jim Buss should take a risk and trade D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.
If he doesn't trade them, I just don't see how the Lakers could play in the NBA Playoffs not just this season, but season after.
Maybe DeMarcus Cousins is a real target, but they will also trade two young players for him. And if I can make a choice, I would select Russell Westbrook instead of DeMarcus Cousins.
I'm the fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, but six years we are not even in the conversation to win the NBA Championship. If we continue like this, to sign Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng, we'll not even play in the NBA Playoffs in the next two seasons, because young players like D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram are not good enough to help Lakers to become the contender as soon as possible. What about the patience? We have a patience, but this is a crazy situation for the Lakers right now.
Mitch Kupchak must react immediately and send the offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It's always better to have Russell Westbrook than D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. He will attract other superstars to play with him, and maybe in the next few years the Los Angeles could have again "Big Three" like they had with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.