Will Westbrook really land in Miami?
Maybe these people know only what's public and are jumping to conclusions. But the possibility they know more is intriguing. Perhaps, a Westbrook-to-Heat trade is even further down the road than we realize.
It'd make a lot of sense.
Miami has the expensive players - Goran Dragic, James Johnson, Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters - to match salaries. The Heat are also trying to win now while stuck. Westbrook would provide a jolt.
The Thunder would shed Westbrook's burdensome contract ($171,139,920 over the next four years) as the 30-year-old likely continues to decline. Oklahoma City probably wouldn't need much return.
And Westbrook would probably like Miami, a destination market. After all he has meant to the Thunder, they'll probably try to send him somewhere he prefers.
There are complications. The Heat are hard-capped and near their team-salary limit. Oklahoma City wants to shed payroll and avoid the repeater luxury tax. This would probably require a third team to take salary. Miami is also short on draft picks to trade (though reducing protections on a lottery-protected 2023 first-rounder already owed to the Thunder could work).
While nothing is certain, we should probably treat Westbrook-to-the-Heat as at least a likelihood.