In a blockbuster trade of once-coveted guards, the Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a first-round pick. Shams Charania of The Athletic tweeted the news.
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
Sources: Protection on the first-round pick that the Wizards traded to Houston in Russell Westbrook/John Wall trade: 2023, Lottery; 2024, Top 12; 2025, Top 10; 2026, Top 8; then becomes two second-rounders.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 3, 2020
Westbrook, a 9-time All-Star and the 2017 NBA MVP, played 57 games for the Rockets last season. He averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game, but took criticism for Houston’s failure to advance past the second round in the playoffs, or even put up a good showing there. It was his first season away from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team that drafted him 4th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft. Westbrook spent 11 seasons in OKC. He will join a Wizards team that won just 25 game last season. He’ll suit up beside 30 PPG scorer Bradley Beal.
Wall, a 5-time All-Star himself, has not played since the 2018-19 season, where he averaged 20.7 points and 8.7 assists over 32 games before rupturing his Achilles Tendon. This December marks the two-year anniversary of the injury. Wall is 30 years old.
Both Wall and Westbrook have three years and $133 million left on their current contracts.