Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Thunder trade Grant to Nuggets, saves $39M

Thunder trade Grant to Nuggets, saves $39M

Russell Westbrook and the Miami Heat have mutual interest in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After appearing to be in win-now mode, the Oklahoma City Thunder have made the most drastic move of the summer. The rest came in trade of Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers over the weekend. Grant has a $9.6 million player option on his 2020-21 contract. Teams added new players, some, like the Orlando Magic, retained theirs, but the Kawhi move was the power move waiting to happen, and when it happened, the offseason extended a little longer.

The Nuggets are able to absorb Grant's deal into a trade exception that they've had since they dealt Wilson Chandler, Bobby Marks of ESPN writes.

The Rockets threw their hat in the ring for Jimmy Butler, and apparently they're doing the same for Russell Westbrook, lack of salary cap viability be damned.

Wojnarowski reports that both the Thunder and Westbrook's camp are in agreement that the time is right to gauge the market and explore trade possibilities for the eight-time All-Star.

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. 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. This most recent deal also includes another-first rounder, which puts the Thunder in a clear rebuilding mode. Here are three potential destinations should the Thunder decide to offload Westbrook and his $206 million contract. Just last season, Grant averaged career-highs in points (13.6), rebounds (5.2), and three-point percentage (39.2 percent).

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