Report: Insider Explains Why The Miami Heat Didn't Pursue Russell Westbrook

The Miami Heat have been concerned about Kyle Lowry's knee, which has caused him to miss 10 straight games now. They've had to force-feed Gabe Vincent a major role at the point in his absence. But yet they didn't pursue any of the big buyout names on the point guard market. 

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat did "look into" Russell Westbrook after he was dealt from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Utah Jazz, who then arranged for his buyout. 

But Pat Riley and Co. decided not to pursue the nine-time All-Star due to his defensive shortcomings, and his woeful shooting from three-point range (29.6% with the Lakers this season, 29.8% the previous season, and 30% for his career). 

In addition, the Heat procured "a negative review" from a league insider when asking around about Westbrook.

Writes Jackson, “The Heat solicited input about Westbrook from people it trusts, according to a source close to the situation. One NBA person respected by the Heat has advised industry peers not to sign Westbrook."

Besides, adds Jackson, the Heat are said to be happy with the job Vincent is doing as a starter over the past nine games. 

As for the beleaguered Westbrook, he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, and through three games is averaging 16 points, 9.3 assists and 5.7 rebounds. But, alas, he also has 13 turnoverss in those 3 games and the Clips are 0-3 with him starting.

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