Listen: Russell Westbrook Doesn't Fit Bulls' Vision

Westbrook is on the trade market after the Thunder dealt Paul George.

July 09, 2019 - 11:52 am
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(670 The Score) In the aftermath of former MVP and Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook hitting the trade market, there has been a fair deal of external debate about whether the rebuilding Bulls -- still searching for a superstar -- should pursue him. 

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To date, there have been no indications that the Bulls are interested. But could they be?

Bulls beat writer Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times doesn't see it coming. He doesn't believe that Westbrook is a fit with Bulls coach Jim Boylen, who has been on the same page as management this offseason as the team added power forward Thaddeus Young and point guard Tomas Satoransky, among others.

"I would be shocked (if the Bulls pursued him)," Cowley said on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Tuesday. "He's not the type of player Jim Boylen wants to coach. He's not the type of player that I think they're trying to establish from a culture standpoint."

The 2017 MVP, Westbrook has averaged a triple-double three seasons in a row, including posting 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and an NBA-leading 10.7 assists per game last season. The trouble is Westbrook will turn 31 in November and has four years and $170 million remaining on his contract. Offensively, his efficiency has also waned, as he shot 42.8 percent overall and 29.0 percent from 3-point range last season.

"You can debate his game all you want, but there's a reason guys are leaving (Oklahoma City)," Cowley said. "There's a reason he's considered tough to play with.

"When John Paxson came out and blew this thing up and said, 'We are tired of mediocrity and we don't want Jimmy Butler just to be the face moving forward and him build this roster, we want to build a championship (team),'" Cowley said. "Does Russ do that? Who does he make better besides Russ? So that's what I have a problem. I don't think the Bulls are interested at all in dipping their toes into that pool. I think that's more of a social media fabrication."

Listen to Cowley's full interview below.