THE Houston Rockets made a blockbuster deal on Wednesday night, trading disgruntled Russell Westbrook to Washington for John Wall in an exchange of All-Star point guards, the Wizards announced.
The Rockets also received a lottery-protected first-round draft pick. According to The Athletic, the draft choice is for 2023.
Westbrook reportedly became dismayed with the direction of the organization after the recent departure of coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey. Rockets star James Harden also reportedly wants out.
Westbrook averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and seven assists in 57 games with the Rockets in his one season with the franchise. He was acquired from Oklahoma City as part of a deal that sent point guard Chris Paul to the Thunder in July 2019.
The nine-time All-Star was NBA MVP for the 2016-17 season when he posted a record 42 triple-doubles. Westbrook averaged a league-leading 31.6 points that season to go with 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game.
The Wednesday trade also reunites Westbrook with Scott Brooks, who was the Thunder coach for all but 13 games of Westbrook’s first seven seasons with that franchise.