Oct 20, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) and Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) watch action late in the game against the Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Rose predicts Kevin Durant will join Houston Rockets, Westbrook the Los Angeles Lakers

I hope for Jalen Rose‘s sake that he doesn’t have to travel to Oklahoma City in the near future as the former NBA player turned ESPN analyst recently appeared on Grantland’s NBA preview series and dropped a few bombshells, namely regarding the future of the Thunder.

Rose, who is plugged into the league and has at times hinted at some strange things happening that did indeed take place predicted that Kevin Durant will eventually leave the Thunder and join the Houston Rockets while Russell Westbrook will team up with former UCLA blood Kevin Love and become the new star-tandem for the Los Angeles Lakers.

It’s a pretty out there prediction, as was his earlier suggestion that Michael Jordan would return to the hardwood for one game this season. But is it even possible?

While it’s difficult to know what team payrolls will look like in the future, what we do know is that Durant will be a free agent after the 2015-16 season. Houston will have two players under contract come the 2016 offseason, Dwight Howard and James Harden who are both worth a committed $40 million dollars. Howard does have an opt-out clause, so he could re-sign for less money if he desired, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves here.

Meanwhile, Westbrook is under contract through the 2016-17 season while Kevin Love can become a free agent after the 2014-15 season or can play out his final year and become a free agent after 2015-16, a year ahead of Westbrook. The Lakers meanwhile have zero dollars on the books past 2015-16 as of now, so while it’s technically possible it would take a lot of maneuvers and things to properly align for this scenario to unfold.

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Tags: Houston Rockets Jalen Rose Kevin Durant Kevin Love Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota TImberwolves Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook

  • http://www.twitter.com/zlasher Michael Chan

    Lin and Asik’s poison pill contracts both expire the year that Durant becomes a FA right? Hmm…

  • Justin McElhaney

    Jalen is a punk and loud mouth..just another version of Skip Bayless and I seem to remember Jalen said KD would go and join Kobe in LA and what happened he was wrong.Jalen has talked bad about OKC since their arrival to the NBA and will say anything to undermine that orginization..Jalen is not a has been but a never was and needs to shut up…KD just built a restaurant in OKC and just signed a 10 year lease on a new condo,now if he was thinking of leaving do you honestly think he would do that if he was leaving in a few years not to mention Houston will have $40 million tied up in just 2 players so they financially couldn’t afford KD and still have money left over for 9 other players…Houston haven’t been revilent in 20 years…

    • truffle19

      “Relivent”? “Just another Skip Bayless”? Dude, that’s a stretch. He played pro ball for over a decade. So I think he knows just a little bit more than Skip. Will this prediction come true? Probably not, but your bitterness is ridiculous.