Mailbag: Which West squad has best title shot?

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Kevin Durant and the Thunder are 21-4 with Russell Westbrook this year and just 7-6 without him.

Kevin Durant and the Thunder are 21-4 with Russell Westbrook this year and just 7-6 without him.

He looks pretty good for someone who hasn't played in a year following major knee surgery, Ben. If he struggles then they won't have any choice -- they'll have to keep him because no one else will offer enough for him. But if he looks like his old self over the next month, then a market may develop for him at the trade deadline.