Two fair deals the Miami Heat can execute for Russell Westbrook

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Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in action moving the ball up the court with Paul George #13 during the game against the Miami Heat (Photo by B51/Mark Brown/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Russell Westbrook’ Paul George

With Oklahoma City sending Paul George to the L.A., Russell Westbrook may look to be traded. Here are two packages the Miami Heat could use to land him.

The 2019 NBA free agency has been a whirlwind. After everyone counted the Miami Heat out, team president Pat Riley pulled off the impossible by negotiating a sign and trade with Philadelphia, while bringing Dallas in as a third team. That deal went sour in a matter of hours though, in a fashion very reminiscent of the “Brooks-Brooks” situation last season between the Phoenix Suns and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Goran Dragic was all set to go to Dallas as their starting point guard, slotted alongside reigning Rookie of the Year Luka Dončić and Kristaps Porzingis. Suddenly there were all tons of snags and red tape coming from the Mavericks camp, and the deal was crumbling before Heat Nation’s eyes. When the dust settled, it ended up being a four-team trade that sent Hassan Whiteside to Portland, Josh Richardson to Philadelphia, Moe Harkless to the Clippers, and Jimmy Butler to Miami.

The morning of July 6th will be one of those days that every NBA fan remembers where they were and what they were doing when they found out that not only did Kawhi Leonard choose the Clippers over the Lakers and Toronto, but that he also recruited Paul George to join him. So much so, that George asked for a trade to be his running mate.

I’m not going to lie to you, once I saw the report from ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth that Zion Williamson would miss the remainder of his Summer League Debut against RJ Barrett and the Knicks, I got comfortable on the couch and eventually fell asleep. This is how you know I eat, sleep, and breath the NBA. I was awoken from my sleep by hearing Adrian Wojnarowski talking fast, and with a concern that I hadn’t yet heard before.

 

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