Report: Rockets trading Russell Westbrook to Wizards for John Wall, draft pick

Russell Westbrook got his wish.

After requesting a trade earlier this offseason, the Houston Rockets reached a deal to trade Westbrook to the Washington Wizards in exchange for John Wall and a future first-round draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Westbrook averaged 27.2 points and 7.9 rebounds with the Rockets last season, his first with the team after spending his first 11 in the league with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Both he and fellow Rockets star James Harden reportedly wanted out of Houston this offseason — one report suggested that it was due in part to team owner Tilman Fertitta’s support of President Donald Trump.

Westbrook was then linked to the Wizards and John Wall for a potential trade. Talks between the two sides had stalled for weeks, per Wojnarowski, but then came together in a matter of hours on Wednesday.

John Wall hasn’t played since 2018

Wall has played in just 73 games over the past three seasons due to numerous brutal injuries, includign a ruptured Achilles’ tendon he suffered at his home in 2019. Wall missed all of last season while rehabbing the injury, and has three years left on his four-year, $171 million deal that he signed just before getting hurt.

The five-time All-Star averaged 23.1 points and 10.7 assists during the 2016-17 season, his last full season.

“I’ve seen enough of [Wall] the last two years and certainly this summer to know that he’s gotten his explosiveness back,” Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said late last month. “He’s very comfortable from 3 now and that is something that I think will be a huge weapon for us moving forward.”

This post will be updated with more information shortly.

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is headed to Washington. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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