Russell Westbrook, John Wall traded for each other, ESPN says

Russell Westbrook, John Wall traded for each other, ESPN says

In Houston, Wall will partner with James Harden in the backcourt under new Rockets coach Stephen Silas.

But that's all set to change as Wall was traded to the Rockets on Wednesday, along with a 2023 first-round pick in exchange for former MVP Russell Westbrook. Though he had expressed similar enthusiasm when reunited with former teammate James Harden in Houston last offseason, the fit between the two ball-dominant players proved to be more hard than initially thought, and led to rumors of both being disgruntled at the direction of the partnership.

Harden, 31 and entering his ninth season with the Rockets, has led the National Basketball Association in scoring in each of the past three seasons. "I will say THANK YOU!" "They need to figure it out, and they don't need someone banging on them all the time to kind of figure out where they're at and whatnot". He is still owed three years and $132 million on his contract.

Thirty-two-year-old Westbrook, a nine-time All Star point guard who spent the bulk of his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder before being traded to Houston in 2019, averaged 27.2 points and 7.9 rebounds in the most recent season.

"He had a preference of John Wall over Russell Westbrook", Wojnarowski said of Harden.

Houston also believes Wall "is a better natural fit to Harden than Westbrook was".

"I'm confident that he'll be all-in. As I said, I'm giving him his space to do his thing, but I'm confident that he'll be here when we get started".

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