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Heat, Thunder discuss possible deal for Russell Westbrook

Miami exploring options for former NBA MVP

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook reacts after making a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during game three of the Western Conference quarterfinals on April 19, 2019 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook reacts after making a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during game three of the Western Conference quarterfinals on April 19, 2019 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

MIAMI – The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder are discussing the possibility of moving Russell Westbrook to Miami.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder and Westbrook have discussed a deal and Miami is a destination that "appeals to Westbrook." 

The deal would be complicated. Westbrook is under contract for four years and $170 million.

Westbrook has played all 11 NBA season with the Thunder franchise.

Wojnarowski reports that Oklahoma City would rather get the deal done sooner than later.

Westbrook is a former NBA MVP. He has averaged a triple-double in each of his last three seasons.

Miami has already acquired four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler as part of a four-team swap that sent Hasan Whiteside to Portland and Josh Richardson to Philadelphia.

How Westbrook and Butler would play together is a big topic of conversation around the league. For now, the Heat are continuing to explore their options and the Thunder are doing the same.


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