Houston has agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to Washington for John Wall and a first-round pick, sources tell ESPN.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
ANALYSIS: At the start of free agency, there were rumors that John Wall had requested a trade from the Washington Wizards, but this was later disputed by the front office. And Russell Westbrook reportedly asked for a trade earlier in November, but the Houston Rockets were initially having trouble finding a landing spot for the former MVP. Now, the two elite point guards will swap teams in a blockbuster deal that will also send a first-round pick to Houston.
Wall hasn't played since the 2018-19 season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon in his home while recovering from a separate knee injury, but he claims he is 100 percent and ready to go. For years, Wall and his former Kentucky Wildcat teammate DeMarcus Cousins have talked about playing together in the NBA and now they'll get that opportunity in Houston. It remains to be seen what the Rockets will do with James Harden, who reportedly wants to be traded too.
Westbrook is coming off a strong year in Houston in which he averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. However, he struggled to shoot the ball from deep (hitting just 25.8 percent from three) and he didn't play well in the bubble.
All in all, it will be interesting to see who ends up winning this trade in the long run, as both point guards play a similar style and are around the same age (with similarly large contracts).