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The New York Knicks have not been able to trade for Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook until Dec. 15, but that hasn’t prevented supporters and press pundits from pressing for the Knicks to obtain him.
Pierce even came so far as to mention that after going out in free agency this summer, he feels sorry for the Knicks because New York had hopes of having both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving but had to end up settling for players like Julius Randle, Bobby Portis and Elfrid Payton.
But I’m not sure that the response here is Westbrook.
The 30-year-old has four years left on his present agreement and about $170 million left, so he could possibly cripple the cap space of any squad that acquires him.
It’s not like Westbrook is worth that cash anymore, either, as he’s coming off a historically inefficient summer in which he shots just 42.8 percent from the ground, 29.0 percent from the e-point spectrum, and 65.6 percent from the free-throw line.
After trading Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers this previous weekend, the Thunder seems encouraged to relocate Westbrook as it seems evident Oklahoma City wants to rebuild.
The Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets were all noted as prospective matches for Westbrook, with the Heat presently sounding like the most probable location for the 2017 MVP.
Westbrook holds 23.0 point career averages, 8.4 goals and 7.0 rebounds per game.