It appears increasingly possible that former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook will be one-and-done in Houston.
While much of the speculation is focused on the 32-year-old potentially ending up in New York, NBA Insider Shams Charania says that the Rockets have had talks about a trade with the Washington Wizards "centered on Westbrook for John Wall." Charania adds that talks haven't yet truly heated up, saying that the "Rockets are seeking more assets."
Charania had previously reported on Westbrook's desire to leave Houston, where he averaged 27.2 points per game at in 2019-20, while making his ninth All-Star team. Westbrook is owed over $85 million in the next two seasons, and has a $47 million player option for 2022-23, one that you would think he'll be inclined to exercise.
Meanwhile, Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, has a nearly identical contractual structure, so from that perspective this transaction may make some sense.
A five-time All-Star, Wall averaged 20.7 points per game for the Wizards this past season, while dishing out 8.7 assists per contest. Now 30, Wall would be joining an entirely different Rockets team if this deal came to pass, as it appears future Hall of Famer James Harden's time with the franchise is waning as well.