By Michael Donovan
For Sixers fans, the only element of the decision made by Kevin Durant to leave Oklahoma City that matters is:
Should the Sixers make a play for KD’s Thunder mate Russell Westbrook?
With Durant going to Golden State, rumors are already swirling that the Thunder could try to trade Westbrook, who is a free agent next summer. Assuming he doesn’t want to sign a long-term deal prior to next offseason, the Thunder run the risk of losing him for nothing — like they did with Durant — if they don’t trade him.
The 6-3, 200-pound point guard has become one of the best players in the league, and averaged 23.5 points, 10.4 assists and 7.8 rebounds last season.
The Sixers would have to decide if they were willing to bring Westbrook in without a commitment he would stay.
Philly is a major media market, which could be appealing to Westbrook. Getting Westbrook for a year, and having an entire season to sell the franchise, would be a risk the Sixers might be willing to take. It could also be one of their only chances to get a superstar to come to Philly, considering how bad the team has been the past three seasons.