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Russell Westbrook trade grades: Who wins this blockbuster deal?

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Stephen A.: Westbrook, Harden together again? 'Lord, have mercy!' (1:38)

Stephen A. Smith reacts to the Thunder trading Russell Westbrook to the Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks, as Westbrook rejoins former teammate James Harden. (1:38)

In a challenge trade unlike any in NBA history, the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder agreed Thursday to swap future Hall of Fame point guards with massive contracts. Days after the Thunder sent Paul George to the LA Clippers following his trade request, they accommodated Westbrook's desire to be reunited with former backcourt mate James Harden in Houston.

The Rockets shed Paul's contract, which had the potential to become an albatross as he moved into his mid-30s, but sacrificed fit by replacing him with a weak shooter at point guard. Will Westbrook and Harden fit as well together as they did when Harden was a sixth man for the Thunder? Did Oklahoma City get enough value to make up the difference in the two contracts? Let's take a look at yet another shocking NBA deal.

The deal

Houston Rockets get: Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder get: Chris Paul, protected first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, protected rights to swap picks in 2021 and 2025

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