Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press
As the Houston Rockets move into a future that may not include some of the biggest names on their list, they are announcing a potential trade involving Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards.
In Tuesday, Shams Harania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that Houston had spoken to the Wizards about trading with Westbrook for John Wall. Charania, however, noted that “there is still no grip”
To say that Houston has been busy this season would be an understatement.
Already parted ways with general manager Daryl Morey and head coach Mike D’Antoni and ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski announced Monday that Robert Covington traded with the Portland Trail Blazers for Trevor Ariza, the 16th pick in the NBA Draft on Wednesday and a protected first round in 2021.
Войнаровски also reported that James Harden refused a two-year contract extension for $ 103 million because “it focuses especially on trading with the Brooklyn Nets.”
As for Westbrook, Jonathan figs from The Houston Chronicle announced that he wanted to go elsewhere so he could “be himself” on the floor.
Trading with Westbrook and Wall would be a blockbuster, given that the former won the 2016-17 MVP and is a nine-time All-NBA selection and a nine-time All-Star, while the latter is a five-time All-Star with one All Choice NBA.
However, there are concerns for everyone.
Wall has not appeared in the game since December 2018 due to injuries and is due more than $ 132 million over the next three seasons if he exercises his option for 2022-23 players. Westbrook is struggling to shoot from the outside and it is fair to worry about how his aggressive style of play will age now that he is 32 years old.
Just like Wall, he is too due more than $ 132 million over the next three seasons if he exercises his option for 2022-23 players.
There are several obstacles that need to be overcome if this trade is to happen, but both sides have at least apparently discussed it as the offseason continues.