"The Heat are $986K below the threshold and the Miami front office can not take back more or equal $$ and stay under- plus fill out the roster". A trade that could make sense for them is Russell Westbrook for Dion Waiters, Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, and future draft picks.
Considering how wide the gulf in evaluation may be between what the Thunder and the rest of the National Basketball Association thinks, it will be fascinating to see how any potential deal ends up shaking out for Russell Westbrook.
But with some straight-up stupid money owed his way over the next four seasons (over $171 million in total, actually), finding a potential suitor for the 30-year-old isn't exactly the easiest job for Thunder general manager Sam Presti.
Miami has not been shy about its interest in Westbrook, although the thought of he and Jimmy Butler playing alongside each other could be fireworks waiting to happen, as both are Type-A guys who want the ball in their hands.
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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There's also the fact that Westbrook's athleticism is the driving force of his entire game, and that you'd be paying the highest of dollars for that kind of style as Westbrook enters his early- and mid-30s.
Westbrook has spent all 11 of his seasons with the Thunder since the franchise selected him with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
The trade that brought Jerami Grant to the Nuggets on Monday, with a 2020 first-round pick headed to Oklahoma City in return, is a testament, .
Russell Westbrook had a dust-up with Patrick Beverley during the Thunder's 128-110 win over the Clippers on Tuesday.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder and Westbrook have discussed a deal and Miami is a destination that "appeals to Westbrook". At this point, it appears the Thunder are stockpiling draft picks and building for the future, as they received five first-round selections in the Paul George trade alone.