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Thunder and Rockets swap superstar point guards in blockbuster trade

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And just like that, the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to send their franchise player packing.

Just days after dealing Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Thunder completed a massive deal that sent former MVP Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for All-Star point guard Chris Paul, two future first-round picks (2024 and 2026) and two pick swaps in 2021 and 2025.

The deal unites Westbrook with another MVP in James Harden. The two played together in the early stages of their career with OKC for three seasons from 2009-2012. Eventually Harden was dealt to the Rockets in a multiplayer trade

At 34 years of age and still without an NBA title, it is highly unlikely that Chris Paul is happy with joining a rebuilding Thunder team. The Thunder front office has already publicly stated that they will help Chris Paul find a new home if necessary, but it is not that simple.

The aging, injury prone star has three more years left on his contract that will pay him a whopping $15 million, which includes a player option in the final year of the deal worth $44 million. Not a lot of teams are in the position or would be willing participants to take on that large of a contract under these circumstances. The Thunder may have to sacrifice some of the many picks they’ve acquired in order to be able to unload Paul’s albatross contract.

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Steph Curry hoping to return to action March 1st vs Wizards

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We’ve finally got a Steph Curry injury update!

Despite rumours suggesting he’d be sidelined for the remainder of the season, the Golden State Warriors superstar is aiming to make his return to the court during a March 1st home game at Chase Center. According to reports, the return date isn’t set in stone, but is more of a personal goal that he hopes to accomplish.

The 31-year old MVP has played in just four games this season, and hasn’t seen the court since suffering a a fractured left hand on October 30th. He has had two separate surgeries in the injured hand since being out of action.

Curry has won three NBA titles, two MVP Awards, and has averaged 23.5 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds over a span of 698 career regular seasons and ten-plus seasons.

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Knicks are apparently no longer interested in acquiring Andre Drummond

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Andre Drummond anyone?

It’s clear as day the Detroit Pistons are trying to rid themselves on Andre Drummond’s albatross contract as they aim to start a rebuild. However, it appears their asking price is too high, and teams are shying away due to both the flaws in the big man’s game, and the potential that he will leave via free agency this offseason when he inevitably declines the $28.8 player option attached to his contract.

They were engaged in trade talks with the Atlanta Hawks involving Drummond, but a potential deal reportedly fell through

Just hours after that report, another potential Drummond suitor has pulled the plug on acquiring him: the New York Knicks.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks initially touched base with the Pistons regarding Drummond’s availability earlier this season, but apparently are no longer in the running for his services.

The Pistons are apparently looking for a first round pick and an NBA ready center in return for trading away the two-time NBA All-Star.

The 26-year old, who is playing in his eighth NBA season, has averaged 17.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 40 games for the 15-27 Pistons so far in 2019/2020.

The 2020 NBA Trade dealine is less than a month from now on February 6th.

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LeBron James passes Isiah Thomas to move into 8th all-time in NBA assists

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After posting eight assists in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 128-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, LeBron James surpassed the legendary Isiah Thomas to move into eight on the NBA all-time assist leaderboard.

In an incredible career that has resulted in all sorts of accolades and milestones, James ranks this as among his his best accomplishments to date.

“One of the best point guards this game has ever seen. And one of the toughest as well. Just his upbringing, coming from Chicago, doing the things he was able to do on the floor. From Indiana going to the Bad Boys in Detroit, just setting the tone for what he wanted his career to be” said James after the game.

“Anytime I’m linked with the greats, and ‘Zeke being one of those, it’s just an honor, and I think back to my childhood and where I’m from.”

The 35-year-old Akron, Ohio native, who is currently playing in his seventeenth NBA season, has accumulated 9,067 assists in 1190 career regular season games.

He has also won three NBA championships, three NBA Finals MVPs, four NBA MVP Awards (2009–2010, 2012–2013), and has been selected to 15 All-Star games during that span.

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