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SportsRussell Westbrook trade rumors: These five teams could target Thunder's star guard

00:56  10 july  2019
00:56  10 july  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

NBA trade rumors: Heat could be interested in dealing for Russell Westbrook

NBA trade rumors: Heat could be interested in dealing for Russell Westbrook NBA trade rumors: Heat could be interested in dealing for Russell Westbrook

Which NBA teams could pursue a trade for Thunder star Russell Westbrook ? The triple-double machine simply doesn't match up with the Thunder ' s timeline, especially not with new point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on the roster.

Which NBA teams could pursue a trade for Thunder star Russell Westbrook ? The triple-double machine simply doesn't match up with the Thunder ' s timeline, especially not with new point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on the roster.

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Russell Westbrook lost his Thunder buddy over the weekend, and now he may be on his way out of Oklahoma City.

Following the stunning trade that gave Paul George his wish to join the Clippers — and guaranteed Kawhi Leonard would sign with Los Angeles in free agency — the Thunder sent Jerami Grant to the Nuggets on Monday, an important move with OKC focused on avoiding the dreaded repeater tax. These transactions could be the setup to a Westbrook deal in the near future.

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Westbrook has reportedly covered the possibility of a trade with Thunder general manager Sam Presti.

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Russell Westbrook lost his Thunder buddy over the weekend, and now he may be on his way out of Oklahoma City. Following the stunning trade that gave Paul George his wish to join the Clippers — and guaranteed Kawhi These transactions could be the setup to a Westbrook deal in the near future.

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The triple-double machine simply doesn't match up with the Thunder's timeline, especially not with new point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on the roster. As hard as it may be to trade a franchise icon, launching a rebuild is the right decision.

But which teams could pursue Westbrook? Finding the right fit isn't easy.

Russell Westbrook to the Heat?

Taking your talents to South Beach isn't the worst thing in the world. The Heat have "expressed interest" in acquiring Westbrook, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, and Westbrook seems open to the idea of flying down to Florida.

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AP source: Russell Westbrook going to Rockets for Chris Paul LAS VEGAS — Russell Westbrook and James Harden are together again, and Chris Paul is leaving Houston to make that reunion happen. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Paul in a swapping of top point guards. The Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade has not been announced. ESPN first reported the agreement. Paul is a nine-time All-Star, Westbrook an eight-time selection.

Oklahoma City Thunder is expected to trade away Russell Westbrook . Westbrook has a massive contract, . 5 M against the cap just this year, but the So which teams could even pull off a trade for the Russ ? Tom & Jimmy are back with their six Westbrook trades that could go down and once

Russell Westbrook and the Thunder are reportedly exploring trade options after Paul George' s exit. Here are five teams that make sense as potential Miami Heat. Pat Riley already went star hunting once this summer and landed Jimmy Butler in a trade with Philadelphia. Could he pull off another

Adding Westbrook would give the Heat another star next to Jimmy Butler, who was part of a four-way sign-and-trade when free agency began. It's not a perfect duo because both players want to control the offense, but at least Butler wouldn't have a problem with Westbrook's work ethic.

The problem for any team chasing Westbrook? His gigantic contract.

Russell Westbrook contract Age Salary
2019-20 30 $38.5 million
2020-21 31 $41.3 million
2021-22 32 $44.2 million
2022-23 (player option) 33 $47.0 million

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Fortunately for the Heat, they have young assets (Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro) and big money on the books (Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk) that will help in trade discussions. Unfortunately, they don't possess a ton of draft capital. The Thunder already own two future Heat picks via the George trade. Plus, Miami is hard capped, meaning this could be a three-teamer.

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Getty Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbook. Rival NBA teams have been aware of the discontent of OKC' s two stars : Paul George — and Russell Westbrook , league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. The New York Knicks Should Target Deal for Russell Westbrook . The 2016 NBA MVP is currently on the Don't be surprised if the Thunder trade Russell Westbrook .

The Oklahoma City Thunder may trade Russell Westbrook and we broke down the best fits Getty Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbook. Late Friday night (or early Saturday morning for It was a deal tough to envision any other team topping, and the Clippers wound up with their target

Still, this could be the right trade for all parties involved. Westbrook goes to a preferred destination. The Thunder unload his contract for a prospect, expiring contract and/or a pick. The Heat roll out the Butler-Westbrook combo and become much more threatening in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Russell Westbrook to the Knicks?

Oh, this is so Knicks.

After striking out with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, New York is stuck without a marquee player to promote to its fans. (Please don't punch me, Bobby Portis.) Westbrook would fill that void immediately and pile up numbers at Madison Square Garden. Westbrook posting 30-13-11 on a nightly basis sounds fun, and fun has been in short supply under Knicks owner James Dolan.

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However, there are complicating factors. The Knicks only have $4 million in cap space and can't trade their pile of new contracts until Dec. 15, per CBA rules. Westbrook could easily be on a new team by then.

This kind of move would also go completely against New York's strategy of maintaining flexibility until it can eventually become a true contender. If Westbrook is the No. 2 guy next to someone else, fine, but Durant and George have both left Westbrook for greener pastures. Just let the youngsters improve and gain experience through the losses.

Why contending teams should avoid Westbrook

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The Thunder recently agreed to trade Paul George to the Clippers and Jerami Grant to the Nuggets. Oklahoma City reached this decision after talking with Westbrook and his agent, but with so many teams across the league having frozen salaries because of free agency, this time of the

The Oklahoma City Thunder may look to trade Russell Westbrook and the chatter around teams potentially interested is increasing Getty Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook . But after the first wave of rumors and rumblings started, they didn’t cool off in the slightest, and since that

A Westbrook deal is tempting and extremely Knicks-y for a franchise in desperate need of star power. That doesn't mean the Knicks should do it.

Russell Westbrook to the Pistons?

Detroit has Blake Griffin on a hefty contract for the next three seasons (assuming he takes his $38.9 million option for 2021-22). Why stack Westbrook on top of that?

Well, to steal a Westbrook line, why not? Could a Pistons team with Griffin and Westbrook make a postseason push through an open East? What's so wrong with actually competing?

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Reggie Jackson would presumably be part of this trade for salary purposes ($18 million expiring contract) and because pairing him with Westbrook is... yikes. Andre Drummond is another candidate, and so is Tony Snell. Luke Kennard and draft compensation could be attached as sweeteners.

The Pistons are one of the "very real possibilities" for Westbrook, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick and Brett Dawson, and they owe it to themselves to engage with the Thunder. In a league full of big names, Westbrook could help Detroit stand out.

That's far from a championship lock, but it's worth something for what has been a supremely blah franchise in recent years.

Russell Westbrook to the Rockets?

Landing Westbrook is a "long shot" for Houston, one Rockets source told ESPN's Tim MacMahon, and it's not hard to see why. Matching salaries is a real challenge right off the bat.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder ' s outlook to trade Russell Westbrook appears to have increased following the deal Getty Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook . This contract has led to the question of which teams could really be in the mix to acquire the 30-year-old All- Star via trade

Westbrook and the Thunder are reportedly discussing the possibility of a trade before the start of next season. This is based upon relationships on all sides — Russell Westbrook , agent Thad Foucher and GM Sam Presti — and collaborating together and examining alternative solutions.

Clint Capela and Eric Gordon are the likely pieces here, as they would have been on their way out the door had the Rockets figured out a sign-and-trade for Butler. Even then, Houston would need additional contract and a draft pick, otherwise it's barely a blip on Presti's radar.

Once you account for all of the financial issues, there's the on-court fit. Westbrook, James Harden and Chris Paul all want to run the offense. None of those guards seems particularly enthralled with working off the ball. Westbrook might not slide in so nicely.

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And that's without mentioning the other end. The Rockets' defense would essentially be an escalator toward the rim with no Capela to alter and block shots.

Paul apparently supports this hypothetical trio, though. Instagram likes are 100 percent accurate. Put this trade on the board!

Russell Westbrook to the Timberwolves?

The Timberwolves wanted D'Angelo Russell, but the Warriors snatched him from their grasp and left Minnesota hanging without a wingman for Karl-Anthony Towns. How about Westbrook as the backup plan?

This deal has to begin with Andrew Wiggins, who is under contract through 2022-23. The Wolves could place Wiggins on the table immediately, then gauge whether Presti finds the 24-year-old forward intriguing enough to continue the conversation.

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If Presti is interested, there's a path to a workable trade. If not, this is probably a non-starter.

The Wolves fall into the same "long shot" group as the Rockets, but talking is free. We've already learned to expect the unexpected this offseason.

This tweet by Oklahoma City’s mayor about Russell Westbrook and Paul George didn’t age well.
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