Wondering if anybody thinks OKC might be looking to deal Westrbrook if, as appears likely, they're headed for a disappointing exit in the conference finals. I'm obviously thinking in terms of a Rondo-Westrook trade. Sure, Boston would have to give more than just RR -- I'm thinking in terms of something like Rondo + #17 pick + Bass and either Sullinger or KO in exchange for Westrbook and Kendrick Perkins. (I'm not sure if the numbers work or are feasible, so this is just the general architecture of a proposal I think might benefit both teams).
Upside for OKC: Durant's in his prime. The future is very much "now" for this franchise, and so the age advantage to Boston in such a trade shouldn't be a major concern (ie, Rondo's a few years older than Westrbook, but RR is likewise very much in his prime, and, if he's fully recovered from surgery -- as looks to be the case -- he should have a 4/5 year window of prime productivity to coincide with Durant's prime). OKC can't be happy about the outcome of this season -- and even taking into account Ibaka's injury one would think they'd have put up more of a fight (yes, I know it's not over yet, but still...). Anyway, I'm thinking a pure facilitator-stratospheric Basketball IQ guard like Rondo might be a better fit to pair with Durant than Westrbook -- especially in the post season. The deal I outline would also bolster OKC's depth in the front court and give them some youth - and of course they'd have a decent pick (#17) in a deep draft -- so there's some upside potential there if they get lucky.
Upside for Boston: Gets Rondo out of town before they lose him for nothing in exchange for a top flight scorer. Helps clear the logjam at the #4 spot and also gives them some stability at the #5 with the veteran Perkins (not a long term solution, to be sure, but Boston could then bolster its big man squad with the #6 pick).