NBA rumors: It seems like the Russell Westbrook and Houston Rockets saga is coming to an end. Houston Rockets trade Russell Westbrook for John Wall and a first-round pick to the Washington Wizards, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
The Wizards’ star point guard was recently combined to trade rumors for Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook and has apparently been wanting out of Washington.
He is due $40.8M, $43.8M, and $46.9M, and hasn’t played an NBA game in 23 months due to injury.
Wizards’ general manager Tommy Sheppard recently said that the team was going to build around shooting guard Bradley Beal moving forward.
Wall averaged 20.7 points, 8.6 assists, and 1.5 steals per contest for the Wizards in the 2019-20 NBA season.
Source confirms: Houston traded Russell Westbrook to the Wizards for John Wall and a 2023 protected first-round pick.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 3, 2020
NBA news: How will this swap benefit the teams?
John Wall is still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. It is not sure whether he will be able to play at a high-level next season. In Westbrook, the Wizards would get a likewise point guard but with fewer health risks.
Pairing him with Bradley Beal and the return of free agent Davis Bertans should vault the Wizards back into contention for a playoff spot.
But the Rockets are perfectly aware of this, and they will not give the Wizards Westbrook out of the kindness of their hearts.
If the deal goes through, they will be giving up the best player in the deal, and unlike most reasonable Westbrook trades, they will not be giving up the worst contract.
The deal has not yet gained any traction because the Houston Rockets’ GM Rafael Stone wants more assets than Washington has offered if he starts to even think about letting Westbrook go.