His elite skills and relentless competitiveness fit what the Heat wants in a player, as one person who has spoken to the Heat said.
As Oklahoma City seriously considers trading eight-time All-Star Russell Westbrook, Miami has conveyed interest, according to multiple league sources.
Westbrook has a massive contract, with four years and $170 million remaining. He also has a game built upon athleticism and will turn 31 in November. That combination, along with a strong personality, is why the prevailing opinion among insiders is that the Miami Heat are the most likely landing spot.
Russell Westbrook remains a longshot for any team beyond the Thunder. And for those inside the organization to again express conviction that a legitimate run can be made for the top name in free agency only furthers the all-or-nothing feel when it comes to rebuilding from the Big Three era. Sometimes (actually, most of the time) rebuilds are incremental.
Ira Winderman: For trade purposes, Westbrook to earn $18 million this season in final year of contract. So teams could be looking at a rental.
May 10, 2021 | 2:09 pm EDT Update
Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Lindsay Gottlieb has agreed to a six-year contract to become the women’s head coach at USC, sources told ESPN. Gottlieb leaves the NBA after an aggressive USC pursuit to bring her back to the Pac-12 Conference, including a massive upgrade in program salary and resources with hopes of restoring USC to the elite of women’s college basketball, sources said.
Gottlieb was the first Power 5 conference female head coach to make the leap to the NBA sidelines, moving from the University of California to the Cavaliers in 2019. Gottlieb earned praise inside the Cleveland organization and locker room for her work with the Cavaliers, becoming a front bench assistant under head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.
Gottlieb will remain with the Cavaliers for the final four games of the regular season before leaving for USC, sources said. Her agent, Bret Just of WME Sports, finalized details of the deal with USC athletic director Mike Bohn on Monday morning, sources said.
Basketball-Reference: Yesterday was Jimmy Butler’s 6th game of the season with 25+ points and 10+ assists, more than Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, or Ja Morant stathead.com/tiny/rCQKA pic.twitter.com/e3cVrlIfFU
Jim Eichenhofer: Steven Adams listed as doubtful for Monday’s game in Memphis; both #Pelicans starting forwards ruled out.