Former MVP Russell Westbrook has joined the Washington Wizards in a trade that involves John Wall going to the Houston Rockets, the Rockets also received a 2021 lottery-protected first round pick as part of the trade.
The trade comes after speculation and reports of a clash in the dressing room with Westbrooks “fiery and very strong-willed” attitude not being positive for the locker room.
Wall is a five time NBA All Star but hasn’t played in two years due to multiple injuries, while Westbrook averaged 17.9 points per game, 4.6 assists and 7 rebounds in his only season with the Rockets. Houston also crashed out of the play-offs in the second round having lost four games in the five game series against eventual champions the Los Angeles Lakers.
Both players have near identical salaries with the two point guards having both earned 38 million dollars in 2020 making this the only trade possible for both players.