Russell Westbrook could soon be on his way out of Oklahoma City, as the Thunder’s star point guard has reportedly discussed the idea of a potential trade with the team’s front office, and he’s open to it.
Oklahoma City seems to be headed for a rebuild, having traded Paul George to the Clippers for a boatload of draft picks and assets. The Thunder appear to be intent on shipping out Westbrook, too.
The MVP-winning point guard is reportedly open to a trade and, according to multiple reports, the Miami Heat are a preferred destination.
ESPN has since reported that many around the NBA feel that a Westbrook-Heat trade is “inevitable.”
I think Miami is the only place that makes any sense. Not from a basketball standpoint — I don’t like the fit of Westbrook and Jimmy Butler together — but the Heat are one of the few teams willing to take on both Westbrook’s money and his personality. In fact, Miami could be the only one. It would make for a fascinating story on several levels. People around the league consider it an inevitability that he will wind up there at this point, too.
Miami doesn’t have any draft picks to trade, though the Heat do have some promising young players and expiring contracts that could interest Oklahoma City.
There are reportedly two players that Miami would like to keep out of a trade for Westbrook and they might be able to do that, with the Thunder point guard having a ton of years and money remaining on his contract.