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18:55  10 july  2019
18:55  10 july  2019 Source:   yardbarker.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 A Saturday report from ESPN stated Westbrook and his agent are discussing possible moves with Oklahoma City's front office.

The Miami Heat have apparently moved into the lead in the Russell Westbrook sweepstakes. As ESPN‘ s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, there appears to be mutual interest from the Miami Heat and the team has expressed interest in landing Russell Westbrook .

The Miami Heat have emerged as a possible suitor for Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell However, He’ s a walking triple-double who can provide help on the defensive end. It’ s not often a Given what teams have cap space, Miami could be the best possible landing spot for Westbrook

One-on-One: Miami, Orlando, Chicago? Where will OKC's Russell Westbrook land? © Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports Russell Westbrook, who reportedly wants out of OKC, averaged 22.9 points last season. Perhaps Executive of the Year candidate Kawhi Leonard can work out a deal. :)

Yardbarker NBA writers Pat Heery and Sean Keane address the hottest issues in the NBA. This week's topic: Where will Russell Westbrook end up?

Heery: Nothing in the NBA lasts forever. Not even the Russell Westbrook era in Oklahoma City. A decade that began with Westbrook, Kevin Durant and James Harden leading the Thunder to the Finals as kids in 2012, and saw each of the trio win MVP awards, somehow yielded zero titles for OKC. If you played this decade out 10 times, the Thunder probably win at least one championship nine times, but for whatever reason, the breaks just didn’t fall their way this time.

Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Heat continue to discuss deal for Thunder star

Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Heat continue to discuss deal for Thunder star The sides have “competing financial interests,” which could hold up a trade, according to the Miami Herald.

Or Oklahoma City could decide to simply rebuild around its one remaining superstar. The notion of Westbrook sharing the floor with two other ball-dominant guards is unorthodox, to say the least After West retired, he has gone on to be one of the great front office executives the league has ever seen

The Miami Heat is now rumored to be a landing spot for Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook . And the Miami Heat — without a single penny to its name — has somehow been one of the busiest teams since the NBA' s off-season edition of Game of Thrones got underway.

After Kawhi-ser Söze orchestrated the heist of Paul George, the Thunder appears ready to rebuild and are reportedly working with Westbrook to facilitate a trade to a team with playoff aspirations. While there are definitely some interested teams, Russ’ ginormous contract (4 years/$170M), combined with most teams having used the majority of their cap space on the recent free-agent bonanza, makes it difficult to forecast a trade without a little creativity. That’s why I’m seeking your help here, Sean. Hit me with a couple of your best destinations and trade packages for Russ.

Keane: I wish I could consult with Kawhi on these potential deals, since he's clearly not content with Finals MVP, and is gunning for Executive of the Year. I also wish Westbrook going to the Knicks were possible, since the Knicks are where the careers of overpaid point guards go to die (Stephon Marbury, Steve Francis, Derrick Rose, etc.) and Russ would start feuding with the NY media yesterday. But thanks to all the Knicks' free-agent deals, they couldn’t trade for him until January.

Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Rockets pursuing three-team deal for Thunder guard

Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Rockets pursuing three-team deal for Thunder guard The Heat seem to be the favorite to land Russell Westbrook with the Thunder guard now on the trade block, but the Rockets aren't giving up just yet. Houston is looking to execute a three-team deal in order to acquire the eight-time All-Star, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. NBA TRADE RUMORS: These five teams could pursue Russell Westbrook "I will say this — the Houston Rockets are trying to get in on this," Windhorst said on "SportsCenter" when asked by Cari Champion about a Westbrook trade. "They're trying to get in and possibly do a three-team trade where they could get their hands on Russell Westbrook.

Latest On Russell Westbrook . Hawks, Pelicans Finalize De’Andre Hunter Trade. The Heat and Pistons are expected to be the top contenders to land Russell Westbrook if the Thunder decide The Thunder are motivated to move Westbrook , not only because he’ s the lone star left in OKC and will

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It’s hard to see which teams can fit him under their salary cap, and have the confidence or desperation to commit to paying a 34-year-old Westbrook $47 million. But my first instinct is that Westbrook wants to take his talents to South Beach, where they’re used to having multiple big stars in one locker room, and they’ll appreciate Russ’ fashion sense. The Heat would send back the expiring deals of Goran Dragic and Meyers Leonard, plus another young player like Justise Winslow or Bam Adebayo. Miami can’t send picks to sweeten the deal, because Oklahoma City already has its first-rounders from 2021 and 2023, but perhaps the Heat could remove protections from those picks. That could be valuable, because Jimmy Butler will be disgruntled again by 2021.

Detroit could make a play for Westbrook, pairing him with Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, since Blake is used to playing with a temperamental ball-dominant guard (Chris Paul). The Pistons would have to send Reggie Jackson back to OKC, include some draft picks and Luke Kennard –- Detroit previously traded them Kyle Singler, so why not another Duke shooting guard? -– and throw in Tony Snell to make the money work. Or Detroit could make it a true blockbuster and put Steven Adams and Drummond into the trade as well, if only to prevent Drummond and Westbrook from fighting over stolen free throw rebounds.

Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Thunder send star to Rockets for package including Chris Paul

Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Thunder send star to Rockets for package including Chris Paul The Rockets did trade Chris Paul and the Thunder did trade Russell Westbrook.

Russell Westbrook can't be OKC ' s entire system anymore. No one expected the Thunder to play that way when Westbrook and Durant returned. That would have been stupid. Stars are stars because they hoard the ball, draw defenders, and set up lesser teammates with easier shots than those

LOCKED ON NBA – 7/9 – Lakers vs Clippers, Russell Westbrook and the Western Conference Then they speculate about Russell Westbrook ’ s potential fit with the Miami Heat before debating Alex Wong and William Lou convene one last time to discuss Kawhi’ s big decision and look ahead to

The Thunder are far too traumatized from the James Harden deal to do another blockbuster deal with Houston, so my favorite destination for Westbrook is Orlando. Some combination of D.J. Augustin, Markelle Fultz, Evan Fournier, and last year’s No. 6 pick Mo Bamba could get it done, or if Oklahoma drives a hard bargain, Aaron Gordon. Orlando would finally get a playmaker at point guard, and Russ gets to play with Nikola Vucevic and a squad of lockdown defenders in a state with no income tax. Just imagine the outfits he’d wear to Disney World!

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Keane: Going through these scenarios, I’m left with one big question: Is trading for Westbrook a good idea in 2019?

Heery: Well, his contract obviously doesn’t work for most of the NBA, but I do think he’s worth trading for if you’re already all-in with a mediocre team like Miami and Detroit. So, if I’m the GM of those teams, to borrow Russ’ motto, “Why not?” The interesting thing with Westbrook is that he’s been picked apart by so many NBA stat geeks and hipsters for his inefficient shot selection (29 percent from three on nearly six attempts per game last season), that he’s become underrated. This dude is still going to be an All-Star and fringe All-NBA player for another year or two -- maybe more if he started making threes close to the league average (approximately 35.5 percent).

The Thunder have all the draft picks after trading Russell Westbrook, Paul George

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Small market OKC had gambled on trading for Paul George when his people had warned everyone he wanted to go to Southern California. Then, after one season next to Russell Westbrook , George signed up for four more. He was staying, the Thunder had their two stars and were relevant again.

There’s a tendency to talk about every superstar nearing the end of their prime like they’re post-Achilles Kobe Bryant or the OKC version of Carmelo Anthony -- Russ isn’t close to being that detrimental to his team yet. Yes, his contract is pretty bad, but almost every team has bad contracts. Look at the freaking Raptors last season -- you think paying Kyle Lowry $33M, Marc Gasol $24M and Serge Ibaka $22M is a cost-effective use of cap space? Hell, no! But hey, those guys showed up in the playoffs and helped Toronto win a chip. Not sure which is better these days: winning the title or getting the most compliments for savvy front-office moves on Twitter. (Congrats to the Nets for winning that award in 2018-19 -- make sure you send your ring sizes to Adam Silver.)

For what it’s worth, I think Chicago is a stealth choice to swing a deal for Russ. They have some big contracts like Zach LaVine (three years, $58.5M remaining) and Otto Porter (two years, $55.7M remaining) and a young team that could use a passionate leader like Westbrook. Plus, Lauri Markkanen’s perimeter shooting and Wendell Carter Jr.’s rim protection could make up for some of Westbrook’s flaws.

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Heery: So, we’re expecting Westbrook to be dealt in the near future. Any other big names you think might be on the move this summer? Could we see the Wizards' Bradley Beal or Raptors' Kyle Lowry suiting up for a different team come this fall?

Here are all the Thunder's draft picks after trading Russell Westbrook, Paul George

Here are all the Thunder's draft picks after trading Russell Westbrook, Paul George In total, Oklahoma City has added eight first-round picks this offseason and holds 15 over the next seven drafts. Here’s a complete list of the Thunder’s first-round picks from 2020-26 2026 3 Own, Clippers, Rockets (1-4) Draft year No.

However, the 30-year-old Westbrook has one of the largest contracts in the NBA, with four years and 0 million remaining on it, which could give Now, at least two reporters have listed the Miami Heat as a possible landing spot for Russell Westbrook . ESPN’ s Adrian Wojnarowski, appearing on air

The Miami Heat have interest in pairing Jimmy Butler with Russell Westbrook and that holds appeal to Westbrook as well. A report earlier on Monday indicated that the Thunder are receptive to trade inquiries for Westbrook in the aftermath of the blockbuster deal sending Paul George to the Clippers.

Keane: There’s no way Russell Westbrook’s deal is worse than many of the deals signed this summer, but that’s part of the Board Man’s genius: Delay his decision, force the Paul George trade when teams were out of cap space, and prevent a vengeful Westbrook from jumping to another contender, hell-bent on destroying the Clippers. The last time one of his teammates bailed on him, Westbrook’s sense of betrayal drove him to an MVP season.

I’m inclined to think the Raptors will hold on to their veterans on expiring deals (Lowry/Ibaka/Gasol/FredVanVleet), at least until the trade deadline. It seems wrong not to let the remaining players defend their title, and they still might be the third-best team in the East while KD is rehabbing his leg. Considering the war chest of draft picks that Sam Presti has acquired this week, the Thunder should be trying to trade for a player at the level of Beal, and then spend two years selling him on playing next to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Of course if OKC strikes out, it could bottom out completely, meaning Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams would be available for clearance-sale prices. And while Chris Paul’s contract is harder to fit into a salary cap than Westbrook’s, never rule out cap wizard Daryl “Dork Elvis” Morey when it comes to making impossible trades.

The dark-horse veteran who might change teams is Golden State's Draymond Green, who is by far the best player who’ll actually hit unrestricted free agency next summer (Klutch Sports won’t let AD and LeBron break up). He’s eligible to sign a three-year extension this summer, but if the Warriors think he wants to move on, Bob Myers might not have the stomach to watch another future Hall of Famer walk away in July.

So, if you had to bet your life, or at least five future unprotected first-round picks, where do you predict that Russell Westbrook is playing on opening night?

Heery: My guess is Pat Riley moves heaven and earth to team Westbrook with Butler in Miami. What about you?

Keane: As much as I’d like to see a Wiggins-Westbrook bad contract exchange program with the Timberwolves, it would only guarantee that Karl-Anthony Towns forces his way out of Minnesota in two years. As we saw with Kawhi’s signing and should have learned back in the '80s, never count out Jerry West and Pat Riley. The Russ and Jimmy Show is coming to Miami.

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