The NFL offseason kicks into high gear this week with the start of the free agent period. With the salary cap bumped up to $167 million, plenty of teams have the cash to upgrade key positions before the NFL Draft in late April.

Free agency officially began on March 9 with the start of the new league year, but fans had a good idea of where players are heading before that. March 7-9 is the ¡°legal tampering¡± period, where teams are free to negotiate with impending free agents before the league year actually begins.
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“Yeah, he could do it. He could do it,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan told the Norman Transcript on Nov. 28. “I¡¯m not gonna say he is or isn¡¯t because I think the more important thing is Russell is winning, but he¡¯s a guy that has great impact on generating assists. He has a great impact on rebounding the basketball, and he can score. So, there¡¯s certainly a possibility that can happen.¡±

With Kevin Durant gone, Westbrook has full control of the offense. He¡¯ll obviously score double-digit points, and averaging double-digit assists seems likely. The big question is whether the 6¡¯3 guard can rebound enough throughout the year.

Oscar Robertson did it in the 1961-62 season, averaging 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists when the NBA¡¯s pace was up at a ridiculous level. He came close (within 1.0 assist or rebound) four more times. The last player to come relatively close to averaging a triple-double was Jason Kidd in 2006-07, when he averaged 13 points, 9.2 assists and 8.2 rebounds. LeBron James and James Harden are also close this season, but nobody is as close as Westbrook.
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From Nov. 26 to Dec. 9, Westbrook piled up seven straight triple-doubles, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to do that. Westbrook¡¯s streak was snapped on Dec. 11 when he only recorded six assists.