George had signed longterm in OKC but a recruitment call from Kawhi Leonard was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
Westbrook has spent his entire 11-year career with the Thunder, averaging 23 points, 8.4 assists and seven rebounds per game, averaging a triple-double of 26.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.4 assists in the last three seasons, winning the Most Valuable Player of the Year award in 2016/17. The team is clearly in a rebuild mode and not looking to contend now. While some teams may view Westbrook's deal as perhaps neutral value, a growing group of teams surely view it as a negative asset to the point where the Thunder may be expected to include draft picks in order to persuade the receiving team.
So far the Chicago Bulls have moved steadily through the 2019 National Basketball Association offseason, adding Thaddeus Young, Luke Kornet and Tomas Satoransky via free agency and drafting point guard Coby White and big man Daniel Gafford.
In turn, Miami's salary cap space isn't something to ignore, but they do have a few things working in their favor.
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In fact, two Eastern Conference teams - the Heat and Pistons - have already emerged as potential landing spots for Westbrook, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick.
The third team that comes to mind is the Cleveland Cavaliers. If so, they could most likely trade away Collin Sexton and another young player like Larry Nance Jr. or Dylan Windler. In 2022, they own their own and the Los Angeles Clippers' first round picks, and from 2023 through 2026 they own or have the right to swap with the Clippers, and they own every Heat first round draft pick over that four-year span. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still listening to offers for Kevin Love so the plan of those two playing together could be scratched. Specifically, what happens with Russell Westbrook?
Instagram user ChrisPaulPointGod posted a photo of Westbrook, Chris Paul and James Harden with the caption asking "would you wanna see this?"