Miami acquired All-Star guard Jimmy Butler in a four-way sign-and-trade at the start of free agency. President Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra continue to be aggressive in pursuing star-level veteran talent without the benefit of salary cap space or many coveted future assets to peddle in deals.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Story filed to ESPN: In aftermath of Paul George’s departure, OKC star Russell Westbrook is welcoming to idea of Sam Presti engineering a trade that would bring an end to his illustrious 11-year Thunder tenure. Miami's expressed interest, a destination that appeals to Westbrook.
As Oklahoma City seriously considers trading eight-time All-Star Russell Westbrook, Miami has conveyed interest, according to multiple league sources.
His elite skills and relentless competitiveness fit what the Heat wants in a player, as one person who has spoken to the Heat said.
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 7, 2021 | 5:16 pm EDT Update
Will Guillory: David Griffin says part of the reason Zion Williamson is injured is bc of the way he’s been officiated by the NBA officials this season. Says the way he’s been officiated encouraged teams to play more physically against him in the paint.
“I’m old enough now to be able to say this. I was proud of them. I was proud of the guys here in D.C., in particular, but more generally about the players in the NBA. LeBron [James] and all the folks have really used their voices, used the platform that they have to raise the consciousness for people around the country about the issues that people of color are facing in the United States; the problems of systemic racism, the problems with police abuse,” Holder said.
“It’s the kind of thing that maybe for too long athletes got away from that activist image. I grew up with Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Guys who were unafraid to take risks, to try to express themselves to move the nation in a better way. It is great to see these young NBA players embracing that heritage and using their voices to bring the nation along. So, as I said, I’m proud of them,” Holder said.
A Lakers fan is suing the city of Los Angeles, alleging he lost his right eye to a police projectile fired during the celebration of the NBA franchise’s 2020 championship game victory over the Miami Heat. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of William Gonzalez and his brother, Michael, includes two graphic color photos of his injuries.