The threat in trading for Russell Westbrook is clear. He is a 32-year-old point player with a video game developed on a roaring combination of speed and power, who is a year further away from being at the peak of his powers and without a stable dive shot to depend on as his athleticism continues to slowly wear down. And he is on a weighty contract, with 3 years and about $132 million staying on it.

The concern then is under what terms is that danger worth taking? The Knicks are relatively trying to respond to that now.

They are amongst the groups that the New York Times’ Marc Stein reports are a practical destination for Westbrook, who recently informed Rockets authorities he desires out of Houston, according to a report by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

In such a way that makes sense. There’s just a handful of groups that are going to have max-level contract cap space this offseason. The Knicks are among them. They are able to absorb his $41 million for next season with …