The Oklahoma City Thunder have seemingly entered a rebuilding phase after sending Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for an unprecedented haul of draft picks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari.
This could leave OKC star Russell Westbrook out in the cold, as he would likely would to play for more of a contender, and recent reports indicate he could be on the trading block by the end of the upcoming season. However, finding a fit for a player as well compensated as Westbrook ($38.5 million in 2019-20) could prove complicated.
With that in mind, here are the three most likely trade destinations for Westbrook.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves could construct a package centered around Andrew Wiggins to try and acquire Westbrook. While Wiggins hasn't produced like many thought he would when he came into the league as a No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick, he's still a remarkable athlete with potential to turn things around in a new situation. With OKC seemingly entering a rebuild, taking a gamble on a high-upside player like Wiggins and building through the NBA Draft could make a lot of sense here. Additionally, the thought of pairing Westbrook with Karl-Anthony Towns could be too tempting to pass up.
2. Orlando Magic
This may seem a little out of left field, but the Orlando Magic could build a package centered around players like Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba, and even include Evan Fournier and Timofey Mozgov to fit the trade under the cap. The Magic could be a decent team with the chance to build around a core consisting of Westbrook, Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon. Additionally, getting some talented young players and freeing up cap space could make this enticing for OKC. The Magic wouldn't be title contenders with this move, but Westbrook and Gordon could be electric in transition.
1. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat just acquired Jimmy Butler via trade, and adding Westbrook into the mix could make them contenders in the East. Miami could part with expiring contracts like Ryan Anderson and Goran Dragić in order to make a deal work, but the Heat would likely have to include future picks and young players like Bam Adebayo or Justise Winslow.
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