NOTE: adjusted my steps, didn't realize that you can't amnesty until the end of the year... everything's basically the same though
Westbrook is one of my favorite players in the whole league. BUT... it would make a lot of sense for the Thunder to trade him and just commit to being a Durant led team.
Obviously, this only makes sense if you can get a package equal to the value that Westbrook offers. But I don't think that would be hard. Here is an example of the moves I would make if I was Presti.
Step 1. Trade Westbrook to the 76ers for MCW, Nerlens Noel, and the pick the 76ers got from the Pelicans. (who do you think wins this trade?)
Step 2. Trade Jackson, Thabeet, Collison, and the Pelicans pick (remember it's top 5 protected) to the Knicks for Shumpart, JR Smith.
Step 3. Sign Andrew Bynum to a similarly structured deal to the one he got from the Cavs but just for a lot less money (a one year deal, partially guaranteed with a 2nd year team option)
Step 4. Amnesty Perkins in the offseason.
This is what the roster would look like.
PG: Carter-Williams ($2.2/4), Shumpart ($1.7/2), Fisher ($.9/1)
SG: Lamb ($2.1/3), Smith ($5.6/3)
SF: Durant ($17.8/3), Sefolosha ($3.9/1), Roberson ($.7/4)
PF: Ibaka($12.4/4), Noel ($3.2/4), Jones III ($1.1/3)
C: Bynum($5/2), Perkins ($8.7/2), Adams ($2.1/4)
That's a total of $67.4. So even if Bynum weren't to work out. Next year you'd still have two young talented centers, and up to $10mil to get another.
Young, versatile, cheap. I think this roster beats any team in the league. With the way Durant is playing, they wouldn't even need Bynum until the playoffs.
Anyway, tell me what you think. Give me other ideas. And just so you know, I intentionally over-traded, and overpaid players. And this is what it looks like in the trade machine.