The Heat consulted professionals before pursuing Westbrook and were told not to sign him
According to media reports, many teams were in discussions to sign Russell Westbrook before he was cut by the Jazz. The Miami Heat also had some interest in Westbrook, but ultimately they chose not to sign him.
According to sources, the Heat have been advised by someone they trust about Westbrook, with a respected professional advising the team not to sign him. The Heat gave up on pursuing Westbrook, and the Clippers finally got him.
Westbrook has averaged 16 points, 9.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals in three appearances for the Clippers this season.