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Report: Russell Westbrook’s preferred destination was Houston, not Miami despite previous reports
- Updated: July 11, 2019
Contrary to previous reports that Westbrook’s preferred destination was Miami, it appears that the Rockets were his first choice all along.
Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti worked with Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, to deliver the former MVP to his preferred destination: A reunion with James Harden, per sources.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
The interest in going to Houston is most likely due to Westbrook’s familiarity with his former Thunder teammate James Harden.
The Heat were one of a handful of teams that was said to be interested in trading for Westbrook despite the hefty price tag involved in acquiring the eight-time All-Star. He signed a five-year, $206.8 million contract with the Thunder last year, but he still has roughly $171 million owed to him until the 2022-23 season.
Landing Westbrook would have given the Heat the All-Star player that they coveted to pair with Jimmy Butler. One has to wonder, however, if the Heat’s reported stance against including Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro in a trade for Westbrook was a deal-breaker for the Thunder.
Ultimately, Westbrook was sent to the Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul, a couple of first-round picks (2024 and 2026), as well as pick swaps in 2021 and 2025.