The recent trade of Dwight Howard to the LA Lakers has changed the landscape of the NBA and teams like Oklahoma City must now review the way they prepare for the upcoming basketball season.
Russell Westbrook is one of the top point guards in the league, but the Thunder will struggle against tough front-courts this season and the best possible move could involve trading away their young star for more help in the paint.
Bleacher Report writer Argun Ulgen has done a terrific job analysing a potential trade that could have Westbrook heading to Indiana and Oklahoma City receiving center Roy Hibbert in return. This trade would give Indiana a dynamic point guard that could help lead this team into the upper level of the Eastern Conference and OKC would get the big man they need to compete against the likes of the Lakers and Spurs.
Hibbert averaged 13 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers last season, but his two block shots per game would really help the Thunder on the defensive side of the court. Westbrook is a 20+ points per game player and a move to Indiana would only help his offensive game as the team would look to the youngster for points and leadership.
The NBA often has some big deals during the summer and while this is speculation, it would make for some interesting conversation for the fans of both teams.