Thunder's Odds to Win 2019-20 NBA Championship Following Russell Westbrook Trade

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 21: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder watches his shot during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers during Round One Game Three of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2019 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  The Trail Blazers defeated the Thunder 111-98.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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As of two weeks ago, it seemed like the Oklahoma City Thunder would have a quiet offseason. That clearly didn't end up being the case, as the Thunder traded Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, and swapped Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul and draft picks in a deal with the Houston Rockets late last night.

With Paul seemingly already on the trade block for OKC, the Thunder appear to be in in a complete rebuild. And Oklahoma City's odds to win the 2019-20 NBA Finals certainly reflect this change, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Prior to Thursday night's trade, the Thunder were listed at +6500, but they've since fallen to +160000. Without Westbrook and George, and potentially without CP3, it's tough to see the Thunder making the postseason, let alone winning the NBA Finals.

Meanwhile, the Rockets' odds to win the 2019-20 NBA Finals are trending in the opposite direction. Houston is now +800 to win the NBA Finals, which is a significant increase from where the Rockets were (+1500) prior to the Westbrook-Paul deal.

Even though Oklahoma City's title window has seemingly closed, the Thunder have an absurd cache of future draft picks, and could become contenders again sooner than many might believe.

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