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Despite missing out on Russell Westbrook, Miami Heat president Pat Riley is still likely to try to add another veteran piece to complement Jimmy Butler, according to Greg Cote of the Miami Herald.
Westbrook was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and two draft picks Thursday. The Heat had been in Westbrook talks with the Thunder before the trade.
“Now speculation in NBA circles arises that Riley, gloriously impatient, addicted to winning, craving relevance for his Heat again, might not be done this summer. Might not want to stop at Butler,” Cote wrote.
Some reports have said Paul is now a possibility for the Heat, as the Thunder are unlikely to keep him. Paul, 34, still has three years and $124 million left on his contract.
But there others.
“Washington’s Bradley Beal is is stilll out there, perhaps available,” Cote wrote. “Beal, at 26, and averaging about that number of points last season, is a bigger catch than Westbrook, age factored in.”
While the Wizards aren’t necessarily looking to deal Beal, they might be swayed into it if someone were to take on John Wall’s contract of about $172 million over four years. Wall could miss all of next season as he continues to rehab an Achilles injury.
Either way, the Heat aren’t likely to stop searching anytime soon. Trying to always put the best team on the floor is just the Riley way.