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SportReport: Heat top Russell Westbrook’s list of preferred destinations

01:45  12 july  2019
01:45  12 july  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

Russell Westbrook, Miami Heat reportedly have mutual interest in trade

Russell Westbrook, Miami Heat reportedly have mutual interest in trade The Miami Heat and point guard Russell Westbrook reportedly have mutual interest in a trade that would end his Oklahoma City Thunder career. 

Where might Russell Westbrook end up? Desperate for a star to keep fans coming to Madison Square Garden and with so much remaining salary cap space, the Knicks are going to be included on a list of potential trade destinations for any big name.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been linked to the Miami Heat in trade Although the Heat has emerged as a top candidate to acquire Westbrook , there hasn’t been a ton Heat Prefer Not to Trade Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo for Westbrook . While it’ s likely that Pat Riley

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The Thunder and Heat are reportedly at a stalemate on a Russell Westbrook trade.

One element that could help get a deal done: Westbrook’s interest in Miami.

Brian Windhorst on ESPN2:

From what I understand, he’s supplied a list to the Thunder with a few teams on it, a short list. But the Heat are at the top of it.

The Thunder can trade Westbrook anywhere. He doesn’t hold a no-trade clause. With four years remaining on his contract, he can’t scare off teams by threatening not to re-sign.

But it sounds like they’re working with him. Westbrook has meant so much to the franchise, especially after Kevin Durant left. I believe Oklahoma City would prefer to send him somewhere he wants to go.

Report: Russell Westbrook, Thunder discussing possibility of trade

Report: Russell Westbrook, Thunder discussing possibility of trade The Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook are at a crossroads, and both sides may be ready to move on. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Westbrook’s agent, Thad Foucher, is discussing Westbrook’s next steps with Thunder general manager Sam Presti. One of those steps could be exploring trade possibilities, with both sides recognizing that the time may have come after an 11-year partnership to explore external possibilities.

Russell Westbrook has hit the NBA trade market following Paul George' s departure from the Oklahoma After trading away franchise player Kristaps Porzingis, losing out on top free agents Kevin Durant The Heat have already got Hassan Whiteside off their books and could offer the favourable

Russell Westbrook , an eight-time All-Star owed a metric ton of money over the next four seasons, was suddenly It' s definitely trending in that direction. ESPN' s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Westbrook Miami Heat Receive: Russell Westbrook . Oklahoma City Thunder Receive: Goran Dragic, James

What other teams were on Westbrook’s list? That’s the big question, as I’m not convinced the Thunder would prioritize trading Westbrook to his first choice over other approved destinations.

Still, Miami makes a lot of sense if Westbrook traded this summer. If he truly wants to get there, he could pressure Oklahoma City to reduce its demands.

Thunder reportedly will look to trade Chris Paul.
Spending the remainder of his career on a rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder team cannot be what Chris Paul had in mind. Paul was traded to OKC on Thursday as part of a shocking deal that sent Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for a pair of first-round picks and two pick swaps. The Thunder have dealt away Paul George and Westbrook over the last week, accumulated draft picks, and are in clear rebuilding mode. They have no use for an aging point guard like Paul, who would prefer to compete for a championship.

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