Report: Houston Rockets Considered ‘Long Shots’ to Land Russell Westbrook'
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After the Oklahoma City Thunder decided to part ways with Paul George a few days ago, Russell Westbrook’s future became the subject of speculation almost immediately.

One of the teams said to be interested in the All-Star point guard’s services is the Miami Heat, but they have a few other competitors, including the Houston Rockets.

But the Heat may not need to worry about the Rockets getting in the way of a possible trade for Westbrook since the numbers may not add up for a deal to push through.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier that Westbrook met with Thunder general manager Sam Presti regarding a potential trade prior to the start of the upcoming 2019-20 season. Trading him this summer would signal a rebuilding mode for Oklahoma City, which would more than likely bring the franchise back to the lottery next year.

The Heat can take advantage of the shaky situation with Westbrook by offering a number of players, plus a draft pick or two, to match the 2016-17 MVP’s salary of $38.2 million in a potential trade.

Westbrook averaged 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists last season, the third straight year he put up a triple-double average. Additionally, he went out of his way to give George more scoring opportunities, something which he can also do for the Heat’s new recruit, Jimmy Butler, in the event of a trade to Miami.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.