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Russell Westbrook Traded to Rockets as a Wild N.B.A. Off-Season Continues

Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

James Harden and Russell Westbrook will be reunited after a shocking trade sent Westbrook, the 2017 winner of the N.B.A.’s Most Valuable Player Award, from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and draft picks.

In a trade confirmed by multiple people with knowledge of the deal who were not authorized to discuss it publicly, the Rockets agreed to send Paul and two first-round draft picks — both of which have protections built in — to Oklahoma City along with the right to swap first-round picks in two other years.