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According to sources, a Russell Westbrook for John Wall trade has been discussed by the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards.
This is a new rumor, as this is the first time we’re hearing Washington as a potential suitor for Westbrook. John Wall hasn’t played since 2018, but he’d get to start over fresh on a new team looking to rebuild with both Westbrook and James Harden possibly heading elsewhere. No traction yet on a trade however, as the Rockets are hopeful to acquire more assets in the deal.
Charlotte has emerged as a potential suitor for Russell Westbrook.
The Hornets finished last season 23-42 and were largely irrelevant in the first season of the post-Kemba Walker era. The team's backcourt was its clear strength, with newcomer Terry Rozier and second-year riser Devonte' Graham leading the offense. Charlotte is certainly lacking for star power, and Westbrook's relationship with Michael Jordan is well known. Westbrook, who has been rumored to want out of Houston, averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.0 assists in his first season with the Rockets.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Russell Westbrook wants out of Houston after just one season with the team.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported earlier today that Westbrook and James Harden were concerned about the direction of the Rockets, and that the front office is fearful they'll request a trade. Well, so far at least Westbrook has expressed that desire. The 31-year-old is likely to be dealt prior to the start of the 2020-21 season, though his fantasy numbers should be fine regardless of where he ends up.
Russell Westbrook played 36 minutes and produced 10 points (4-13 FG, 0-3 3PT, 2-6 FT) and added six assists, four rebounds, two steals, and three turnovers in a 119-96 Game 5 loss to the Lakers to be eliminated from the NBA playoffs.
Westbrook has been inconsistent offensively throughout the series, and unfortunately, it carried into the elimination game on Saturday night. The Lakers' defense continued to challenge Westbrook, and he could not find his rhythm. Perhaps Westbrook's shooting woes are attributed to the quad injury that forced him to miss a few games in the first round, but he didn't look like himself all series. With Houston HC Mike D'Antoni on the hot seat, the Rockets may shake up their roster ahead of next season.
Russell Westbrook struggled from the field, shooting 4-of-15 on his way to scoring 10 points. He also tallied a game-high 13 rebounds with four assists, two steals, one three-pointer, and seven turnovers in 33 minutes of play in a Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Westbrook is on a rollercoaster ride of production through two games in the Western Conference semi-finals. While he was very active on the glass, he was equally as reckless with the ball in his hands, amassing seven turnovers and missing 11-of-15 shots. He looked out of rhythm, out of sync, and probably should have been benched down the stretch. However, his heart and tenacity never wavered. This performance is probably the floor in terms of expectations for Russ, so DFS owners should expect him to be better heading into Game 3 on Tuesday.