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Report: Russell Westbrook could return Feb. 20

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11:31 AM ET 02.01 | As Kevin Durant obliterates the NBA on a run of genuine genius, chasing down LeBron James for the MVP and championship, an inevitable moment of truth lingers for these Oklahoma City Thunder: the return of Russell Westbrook. All these peerless performances out of Durant, 10 consecutive victories, the best record in the NBA, and still there's such an intrigue about how Westbrook melds back into Durant's dominance. There's a post-All-Star break target date set for Westbrook, sources told Yahoo Sports ??? as soon as Feb. 20, hosting the Miami Heat ??? and a part of this process makes an old Los Angeles Lakers championship guard press rewind and return 13 years.

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February 1, 2014  11:41 AM ET

This time without Westbrook has really helped KD to blossom as a more complete player. The challenge for Coach Brooks is re-integrating Westbrook and keeping a more complete Durant. This whole process could end up making the Thunder a much better team.

February 1, 2014  11:42 AM ET

This guy is a stud. If he can come back at even 80% this season the Thunder will be a tough out in the playoffs. It might actually be better to keep Jackson starting and bring Westbrook off the bench. He would wreck havoc on the opponents second team.

February 1, 2014  11:47 AM ET

Timing sucks here. Thunder are on a tare without RW but how do you not look forward to him returning. I just hope a winning percentage if not streak continues. Because if they start to lose, I'm sure it will just be coincidence but it'll make him feel like crap and cause others to blame him.

Good luck Russell Westbrook!

February 1, 2014  12:28 PM ET

RW will be needed in the playoffs. KD will burn out the way he's playing if he doesn't get help.

Take your time and come back fully healthy RW. OKC for the ring!!

February 1, 2014  12:47 PM ET

As I've watched OKC in the last few weeks, here's a question that crossed my mind: Do you trade Westbrook? Sounds crazy, but Reggie Jackson has been playing incredibly well. And KD finally has enough touches to show how he can dominate and bring his max value to the team.

A Westbrook trade could bring some great picks to OKC going into the 2014 draft.

February 1, 2014  02:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This time without Westbrook has really helped KD to blossom as a more complete player. The challenge for Coach Brooks is re-integrating Westbrook and keeping a more complete Durant. This whole process could end up making the Thunder a much better team.

They will be a lot more scarier which opens the door more for RW. KD will require more double teaming which creates more easy basket for everyone. RW will have more open lanes to the basket.

February 1, 2014  02:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

As I've watched OKC in the last few weeks, here's a question that crossed my mind: Do you trade Westbrook? Sounds crazy, but Reggie Jackson has been playing incredibly well. And KD finally has enough touches to show how he can dominate and bring his max value to the team. A Westbrook trade could bring some great picks to OKC going into the 2014 draft.

Fans will kill you for asking this question. Okc is still getting killed for trading Harden which I always thought was the smart move.

February 1, 2014  02:30 PM ET
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Fans will kill you for asking this question. Okc is still getting killed for trading Harden which I always thought was the smart move.

Yeah, I know, but I had to say it. I think OKC could get a lot for RW. Something along the lines of RW + Perkins for Deng + Kyrie. (I know, even crazier. But Deng is a FA this summer and Kyrie says he wants out). I think a lot of other combinations possible.

February 1, 2014  02:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Yeah, I know, but I had to say it. I think OKC could get a lot for RW. Something along the lines of RW + Perkins for Deng + Kyrie. (I know, even crazier. But Deng is a FA this summer and Kyrie says he wants out). I think a lot of other combinations possible.

I don't like Kyrie w/ okc. He takes too many outside shots and not aggressive enough. And he will be very expensive. John Wall and Nene for Perk and RW would be better. Wall is a true PG that will look to distribute the ball but can also attack the basket when needed.

February 1, 2014  03:26 PM ET
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I don't like Kyrie w/ okc. He takes too many outside shots and not aggressive enough. And he will be very expensive. John Wall and Nene for Perk and RW would be better. Wall is a true PG that will look to distribute the ball but can also attack the basket when needed.

I think Nene is a definite plus for OKC over Perk. Wall is good, but he has that contract that pays him $85mil over the next 5 years. Yikes. I haven't followed Wall, so I don't know if he is that good.

I suggested Kyrie because I think OKC would flip him, giving Jackson the starting PG role and getting a backup pg with picks from another team. (I think Jackson has been playing that well).

Maybe another possibility is RW + Perk for Pelicans Gordon + Davis. They would eat the last two years of Gordon's contract (or somehow move him), but they would have Davis, who I think is going to be a superstar. Seems one-sided in favor of NO, but that may be what is needed to get AD.

February 1, 2014  03:54 PM ET
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I don't like Kyrie w/ okc. He takes too many outside shots and not aggressive enough. And he will be very expensive. John Wall and Nene for Perk and RW would be better. Wall is a true PG that will look to distribute the ball but can also attack the basket when needed.

No the best bet is RW and Perkins with a pick to the Knicks for Chandler, Felton, and Shump. They could possibly get a third team involved to flip felton too....

February 1, 2014  06:31 PM ET

^^
Ever notice all the spammers use a middle initial? I guess they think it makes them more legit, lol.

February 1, 2014  11:34 PM ET

But how effective will he be?

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February 2, 2014  09:15 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

February 2, 2014  09:58 AM ET

What's with all these crazy comments on moving RW?? NONE of the mentioned players for him are better than him, nor will make OKC better. If moving Perk is the ONLY consideration, they could do that separately. And Perk's contract will be desirable next year for teams wanting cap space anyway.
RW> Wall. RW> Kyrie. RW> Gordon. The end.

February 2, 2014  10:02 AM ET

When Russ-alini returns to FN, he'll be all over the Thunder and ignoring his Cavs.......




AGAIN!!!!

 
February 2, 2014  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Yeah, I know, but I had to say it. I think OKC could get a lot for RW. Something along the lines of RW + Perkins for Deng + Kyrie. (I know, even crazier. But Deng is a FA this summer and Kyrie says he wants out). I think a lot of other combinations possible.

Irving wants to go to NY, not OKC.

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