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Where Will Russell Westbrook Play Next Season?

Russell Westbrook Betting Odds July 8 2019

Being a mediocre team in the NBA may as well be a death sentence. You can’t seriously contend for the championship but you also can’t bottom out completely to improve your team with high draft picks.

Well, with the Oklahoma City Thunder trading away Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, OKC now finds itself with the mediocre label, which means all-star point guard Russell Westbrook could be the next player out the door.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has released betting odds on what team Russell Westbrook will play for in the 2019-20 NBA season with the Miami Heat as the -150 favorites to acquire the triple-double king.

Following the Heat are the New York Knicks (+300), Detroit Pistons (+500), Oklahoma City Thunder (+500), Chicago Bulls (+1200), Houston Rockets (+1200) and Minnesota Timberwolves (+1400) as the likeliest teams for Westbrook to play for in the fall.

Let’s break down the odds for some of the destinations where Westbrook could potentially play next season:

Will The Knicks Make Their Move?

The most obvious team on the list mainly because of their desperation to land a big-name star, the New York Knicks could be a perfect marriage with Westbrook. They’ve whiffed on drafting point guards in recent drafts and would likely be open to dumping Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina to make room for Russ. They also have a good amount of cap space to take on Westbrook, who is owed $124 million just over the next three seasons.

Like any team discussed from this list, it all depends on what assets the Knicks would be willing to give up in a trade for Westbrook. It would be such a Knicks move to trade the farm for him in the form of draft picks and roster players but I’m skeptical that New York brass has a win-now mentality because even if they traded for Russ, they would still barely be a playoff team in the Eastern Conference.

If I’m betting this prop, I wouldn’t put my money on the Knicks. I think Thunder GM Sam Presti will likely want a boatload to part with Westbrook and New York seems to have turned the page on paying 150 cents on the dollar for an aging star. Then again, this is the Knicks we’re talking about.

Heat and Pistons Are My Choices

Two teams stuck in mediocrity in the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons should both be aiming to get Westbrook to pair with their incumbent all-stars, Jimmy Butler and Blake Griffin.

The Pistons feel more likely as a destination than the Heat to get Russ because Detroit has more draft capital it can throw into a trade while the Heat already gave up significant assets to land Butler. Detroit isn’t pleased with Reggie Jackson (former Thunder player) as its point guard and after barely squeaking into the playoffs would likely vault into contention for the NBA championship with a Westbrook/Griffin/Drummond trio.

The Heat could still make a trade possible as they have some roster players who would likely be of interest to the Thunder like Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro. News is sparse right now on the type of package the Thunder would want and after getting tons of draft picks from the Clippers for Paul George, OKC would likely now be more interested in getting players than picks.

Where do you think Russell Westbrook will play next season? Will he be traded to the Knicks or Heat? Will the Thunder keep him? Tell us in the comments section below.

What Team Will Russell Westbrook Play For In The 2019-20 NBA Season?
  • Heat -150       
  • Knicks +300    
  • Pistons +500
  • Thunder +500
  • Bulls +1200    
  • Rockets +1200
  • Timberwolves +1400 
Odds as of July 9 at BetOnline