Oklahoma City turned to rebuilding thoughts after George asked for a trade and the Los Angeles Clippers assembled a deal involving five first-round NBA Draft picks plus Italian forward Danilo Gallinari and Canadian point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
With the biggest names in the National Basketball Association now switching teams, it is not impossible for a superstar like Westbrook to make this Heat deal become a reality in the future.
The real shift in the Thunder's trajectory had come two days before, when the team sent Paul George to the LA Clippers. Should the Pistons pursue, they might work out a deal that will exchange Andre Drummond for Westbrook. Paul has $125 million over three years remaining on his contract, while Westbrook has $171 remaining over four years, including a player option for $46.7 million in 2022-23.
The Leonard-George switch to LA has raised many intriguing prospects for the National Basketball Association - not least the future of Russell Westbrook. This left one big question, should Russell Westbrook ask for a trade in order to have a viable chance to get hit first championship ring?
Westbrook is coming off an unprecedented third straight triple-double season putting up 22 ppg, 11 rpg, and 10 apg. However, despite his consistent dominance and huge numbers, the former MVP has proven last season that a team-up with a scoring guard like Paul George is not the structure that could win playoff games. Houston could target Tyson Chandler, per ESPN, another move that comports with moving Capela.