An ESPN analyst revealed that the Miami Heat are willing to send a trade package centered on Goran Dragic to the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire Russell Westbrook. Could this trade happen before the February deadline?
Russell Westbrook has been the center of the trade rumors after Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the 73-win Golden State Warriors. With the departure of Durant, the Thunder are projected to struggle, creating the speculations that Westbrook will be leaving in the 2018 NBA free agency.
A month after Durant left, Russell Westbrook signed a three-year contract extension worth $85 million with the Thunder. Before the new contract was signed, Marc Stein of ESPN revealed that the Miami Heat were interested in trading for Westbrook.
“Sources say that the Heat naturally would have been prepared to surrender Dragic during the summer as part of a grander package to try to pry Russell Westbrook away from Oklahoma City, back when teams — with fingers glued together — were hopeful that the Thunder might be willing to trade Westbrook right after Kevin Durant defected to Golden State,” Stein said.
Goran Dragic has been recently mentioned in trade rumors involving the Sacramento Kings. According to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insider, the Kings, and the Heat are discussing a trade that would send Dragic to Sacramento, and Rudy Gay and Darren Collison to Miami.
After losing Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh this summer, it is hard to believe that the Heat are willing to part way with Dragic for two players whose contracts are about to expire next summer. However, the trade that would give them Russell Westbrook makes sense.
Westbrook is indeed one of the best players in the league right now. If the Heat are serious about acquiring him, the problem will be the players they are willing to sacrifice to the Thunder. Also, it remains questionable if the Thunder will be entertaining offer since Westbrook is the now the new face of the franchise.
NBA fans should note that these are just rumors that may or may not happen before the deadline. Should the Heat and the Thunder struggle in the upcoming season, expect both teams to make improvements on their rosters.
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