Russell Westbrook could very well be on the move following the Oklahoma City Thunder’s trade of Paul George over the weekend. He would be another major piece changing teams during an active NBA offseason.
Earlier today, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Thunder are open to moving Westbrook. No deal is imminent, but it definitely appears that both player and team are not opposed to one.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest update not only says Westbrook is “welcoming” to the idea of being traded, he even names a potential landing spot: Miami.
The Heat have expressed interest, per Woj, and Miami is a destination that “appeals” to the veteran point guard.
Story filed to ESPN: In aftermath of Paul George’s departure, OKC star Russell Westbrook is welcoming to idea of Sam Presti engineering a trade that would bring an end to his illustrious 11-year Thunder tenure. Miami's expressed interest, a destination that appeals to Westbrook.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 8, 2019
If Westbrook winds up with Miami, he can team up with shooting guard Jimmy Butler, who was acquired in a sign-and-trade with Philadelphia.
However, as ESPN’s Bobby Marks indicates, the Heat would have to do some salary juggling to make the deal work.
Keep an eye out for the $138.9M tax apron in Miami. The Heat are $986K below the threshold and the Miami front office cannot take back more or equal $$ and stay under- plus fill out the roster.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 8, 2019
Westbrook is signed through the 2022-23 season.