The past 24 hours have been a very exciting time for fans of NBA basketball. The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma Thunder pulled off a blockbuster trade involving Paul George so that he could join Kawhi Leonard in LA, opposite of the Lakers which officially finalized the deal that will pair LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The two teams will share the same building next season (story HERE).
In pulling off the trade, the Thunder began a rebuilding phase. With George gone, and a load of draft picks inbound, the spotlight now shines on superstar Russell Westbrook’s future as reports of Oklahoma exploring a trade for hard charging Westbrook pick up.
One of those potential suitors for Westbrook is reportedly the Miami Heat (story HERE), and the Heat should pass, here’s why.
Westbrook must have the ball. His game insists on it and he has to get his shots in.
The Heat just signed Jimmy Butler, another dominant personality, what are the chances these two can coexist? Miami coach, Eric Spoelstra has worked with multiple superstars before, but Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh knew that was LeBron James’ team. Can these two reach the same consensus?
Then there is the contract. A whopper at 4 years and $170 million dollars for a player that is 31 years old and doesn’t know how to go easy.
Big personalities and big bucks for two players that need a very specific environment to succeed. You can build around one, but it would be very tricky to build around both.
Both Florida teams have had a good free agency period, this is because they’ve moved on known commodities that fit in with the young teams they have in place now.
Russell Westbrook is one of the best, but it might be best for both parties if the Heat let another team pick him up.