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Rockets trade Westbrook to Wizards for Wall, pick

Field Level Media
03 Dec 2020, 12:40 GMT+10

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 Wizards 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.

Westbrook has career averages of 23.2 points, 8.3 assists and 7.1 rebounds in 878 games (861 starts). He has 146 career triple-doubles, which ranks second all-time behind Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson's 181.

Westbrook, who turned 32 last month, is slated to make $41.4 million in 2020-21 and $44.2 million in 2021-22. He has a player option worth $47 million for 2022-23.

Wall, 30, is scheduled to make similar salaries. He is set to earn $41.25 million this season and $44.3 in 2021-22 with a player option worth $47.4 million in 2022-23.

Wall, a five-time All-Star, hasn't played in a game since December 2018 due to injuries. He missed the entire 2019-20 season because of a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

The Achilles injury occurred in at accident at home in February 2019 while he was recovering from left heel surgery.

Keeping Wall healthy has been a chore in recent seasons as he has also endured two surgeries on his left knee and one on his right knee since the end of the 2015-16 season.

Wall has career averages of 19 points, 9.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 573 contests (561 starts).

Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, is Washington's all-time leader in steals (976) and assists (5,282) and ranks fourth in points (10,879).

--Field Level Media

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