National Basketball Association analyst says Detroit Pistons is the place for Russell Westbrook

National Basketball Association analyst says Detroit Pistons is the place for Russell Westbrook

Westbrook is interested in being dealt to a contending team, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, and his camp has discussed trade possibilities with Thunder general manager Sam Presti.

Russell Westbrook's tenure in Oklahoma City could be coming to an end soon. There was also a subsequent shock when Los Angeles made a decision to trade for Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After the Los Angeles Clippers formed arguably the biggest Western Conference duo with the addition of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the now-lone star of Oklahoma City Thunder, Westbrook, is reportedly yearning to be traded as well.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of a National Basketball Association game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on October 21, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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League sources told ESPN and the Miami Herald on Monday that the Miami Heat have expressed interest in Westbrook, a potential landing spot that appeals to the star guard.

Miami did a sign-and-trade with Philadelphia for Jimmy Butler, which complicates trading for Westbrook on a couple of different levels.

Oklahoma City is preparing for a massive rebuild, which makes sense after it acquired a plethora of picks from Los Angeles. However, the expiring contracts of Goran Dragic ($19.2 million) and Meyers Leonard ($11.3 million) could boost Miami's standing as a lead suitor.

Stephen Jackson, though, says he's never heard a player say they can't play with Russell Westbrook, who has averaged a triple-double three years in a row and plays with tremendous passion and grit every single night. The Thunder were presumed to a contender in the West but they were eliminated 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trailblazers.

If the Rockets can find the right combination of draft compensation and contracts, a Westbrook deal to Houston would reunite former Thunder teammates. Westbrook will be owed over $38 million each season and he is 30 years old.

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