With the Heat making major moves this offseason like getting rid of the large contract of Hassan Whiteside and the young Josh Richardson (who was looked at as part of the future of the Heat franchise) to getting perennial All-Star Jimmy Butler, we can only expect more to come.
It is not much of a secret that the Heat are looking to rid themselves of the contracts of James Johnson, Dion Waiters, and Goran Dragic. The Heat aren’t rebuilding or anything, but they are re-tooling now that Dwayne Wade is officially gone. As soon as Butler was acquired, multiple free agency rumors have arisen with the most promising of them all being the possibility of the Heat trading for star Russell Westbrook. More teams would have to be included in this trade to acquire Westbrook’s contract but if anyone can do it, it’s Pat Riley.
The possibility of a Westbrook/Butler tandem has the potential to be great as they are both known to have “kill or be killed” mentalities and amazing work ethics. However, on the flipside, this duo has the potential to be a complete (and utterly hilarious) disaster as the clashing personalities of the two may result in arguments that could destroy the team within a year or two. As a known fan of chaos, here’s to hoping the Heat also manage to trade for J.R. Smith, as they were rumored to, and then pick up Dwight Howard for fun in free agency. If you want a complete mess that will definitely be in the playoff hunt, then this could be the most entertaining team in the Association once the 2019-20 season starts.
On a serious note, a team consisting of Butler, Westbrook, and Justice Winslow has a lot of potential to do some damage in the Eastern Conference and as a result, could be a landing spot for even more free agents. Stay tuned as the Westbrook sweepstakes continue throughout the coming weeks.
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