Days following the Paul George trade, most are certain Russ has already played his last game with the Thunder. As they begin their descent into developing young talent, 30-year-0ld Westbrook has no place with them.
Both sides are open to moving on, and the question now becomes which franchise will be willing to pay the price to acquire him?
The Heat could fit the bill and, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there is mutual interest between Westbrook and the Miami Heat.
In the aftermath of co-star Paul George’s departure, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook welcomes the idea of general manager Sam Presti engineering a trade that would bring an end to his illustrious, 11-year career with the franchise, league sources told ESPN.
The Miami Heat have expressed interest, a potential destination that also appeals to Westbrook, league sources said.
With a high-market location and a superstar already in place (Jimmy Butler), the Heat are an ideal candidate for Westbrook’s services. According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, there have already been “talks” between the two teams about a possible deal, and Westbrook is anxious about finding a new home “sooner rather than later.”
The Rockets have also emerged as major candidates to acquire the OKC superstar, but he is not expected to come cheap. Westbrook just finished an NBA-record third straight season averaging a triple-double.