Opposing executives believe Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook could be had, and that the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks would have the most interest, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
Meanwhile, Marc Berman of the New York Post reported the Knicks’ top trade target is Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul, recently linked to the Phoenix Suns. Paul was once represent by current Knicks president Leon Rose.
“The Knicks have a major competitor for Chris Paul, their top choice at point guard. And if Russell Westbrook hits the trade market, the Knicks may have a challenger for him, too,” Berman wrote.
As for Westbrook, both Rockets owner Tillman Fertitta and GM Rafael Stone have said they’re not looking to make any major changes to the roster.
“We’re still all-in,” Stone said. “Our goal is to win a championship. We’ll do anything we can to get us closer to that goal. The good news is we have really, really good basketball players. I’m getting a talented roster that has already won; not to the level we want but won in a big way. It’s about being very smart to keep the good stuff and be additive. You don’t want to do anything rash. You want to see if there are changes that will help.”
The NBA is expected to open the window for trades by early next week. The Knicks and Clippers are said to have been two teams particularly active when it comes to making roster changes.