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Could Tyler Herro already be on the move?


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While former Kentucky forwards PJ Washington and Keldon Johnson have already signed rookie deals with their respective organizations, Tyler Herro has yet to put pen-to-paper on his contract with the Miami Heat.

In fact, for the NBA Summer League, Herro signed insurance paperwork so he could play without worry of potential injury.

But why would the organization go through the gymnastics of letting him play during Summer League, but still not sign him to a deal?

It’s because he could be a prime asset in a blockbuster trade for NBA superstar Russell Westbrook.

This weekend, the Clippers swung a deal for Westbrook’s teammate, Paul George, allowing for George to team up with Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles. Almost immediately afterward, Westbrook reportedly met with the Oklahoma City front office about moving him elsewhere, as well.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Miami was one of the first franchises to express interest in the Thunder point guard.

“The Miami Heat have expressed interest, a potential destination that also appeals to Westbrook,” Wojnarowski said. “Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, have been discussing trade possibilities and scenarios with Presti, and the sides are both motivated to find a resolution sooner rather than later, league sources told ESPN.”

Today, Steve Kyler of BasketballInsiders.com said that there is absolutely a correlation between Herro not signing his rookie deal and the Westbrook trade rumors.

He did follow it up by saying that while Heat are keeping the former Wildcat unsigned to maintain trade flexibility, the talks are extremely early and that a deal centered around Westbrook and Herro has not been discussed specifically as of yet.

Through yesterday’s Summer League games, Herro is currently averaging 19.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.8 steals in 27.8 minutes per contest. While plenty of players have put up solid numbers at various times over the last week, the former Wildcat has far and away been one of the most consistently productive players in attendance.

While Pat Riley has been outspoken about how much he loves Herro’s game and looks forward to him playing in Miami, could the former Wildcat soon be trade bait for Oklahoma City?

If so, Herro could join Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Nerlens Noel, and Patrick Patterson with the Thunder, giving the team five former Kentucky players on the roster at the same time.

As much as we love the pairing of Herro and Bam Adebayo in Miami, I think we can all agree that seeing No. 14 in OKC would be pretty sweet.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

17 responses to “Could Tyler Herro already be on the move?”

  1. Alex90

    If that deal goes through someone is getting traded out of OKC and it would most likely be PPat.

  2. Carcrook

    South Beach to OKC 🙁

  3. Tom Bombadil

    Dang…I think in a few years Miami will be wishing they still had Herro. Wouldnt surprise me if they end up trading for him to return oneday. Lol. Think about Jimmy Butler playing with Westbrook! Lol Herro wouldnt get a shot off anyways ?

  4. OKCatFan89

    I live in OKC. This is something I was hoping would happen since the draft. OKC has turned into a pretty good basketball town. Even better for me as we keep collecting former Cats.

  5. drockcats

    I know this is the wrong thread, but why do we care that Matt is still considering running. This is a sports reporting website. Not a fan of KSR reporting political news.

    1. UK Big Board Update

      Go start your own website then…

    2. CatfaninCinci

      We don’t. Matt uses KSR as free advertising. From what I’ve heard from people I know in Kentucky. He’d better stick to sports.

    3. DelrayCat

      These typical “stick to sports” cry-baby snowflakes are just emulating the twitter troll in white house.

    4. imabucket

      Wow . Must be really bugging you if you just has to bring that up when this post has nothing to do with that. But I’d Vote for Matt Iin a second . especially over McGrath . If she’s the one resptesenting Democrats in Kentucky , we have no chance of getting McConnell out of office

    5. eastofmidnight

      The reason it has to be brought up in an unrelated post is because KSR closed any comments on the article. It’s the annual “will he or won’t he” melodrama to boost listener interest. Of course, he will decline after milking it all summer.

    6. Soylentbeans

      People tend to do what they want with things that are theirs.

    7. drockcats

      Exactly. They close the comments on things they know people will have real opposing feelings towards. Not a crybaby snowflake, just exercising free speech just like you.

    8. Underdog

      Agreed. Every time Matt opens his mouth about politics it shows how ignorant he is about economics and how a free society is supposed to work. But of course he is not about Liberty, but about bureaucratic centrally-controlled elitism. That requires an authoritarian bent, which he has in abundance. I wish he and Coach Cal would never talk about politics, because it does them such discredit.

    9. njcat54

      Hey Underdog. I guess we can count on you rejecting your socialist security checks when you retire. Or paying tolls every 5 miles on the roads you use. Or paying tuition for your kids to attend 3rd grade. Freedom Baby!!!

  6. BlueBanker18

    I’d rather see Herro stay in Miami with Bam.

    1. Rowdy TX CAT

      Yep.

  7. 4everUKblue

    After reading this article I hope Riley is smarter than trading for Westbrook. https://www.si.com/nba/2019/07/09/russell-westbrook-heat-thunder-trade-rumors-jimmy-butler-paul-george