The Russell Westbrook trade rumors have been swirling since the regular season and they’ve only gotten louder this offseason.
The Los Angeles Lakers would love to move on from the point guard, but not many teams want to deal with his contract. However, there is one team out there that would and Russ has played for them already.
The Houston Rockets have an equally undesirable contract on their hands with John Wall and they reportedly offered Wall for Westbrook and a first-round pick at the trade deadline but got denied.
Spotrac’s Keith Smith says that trade offer is still on the table.
“There’s considerable reporting that Pelinka has a standing offer to send Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for John Wall’s nearly-matching contract. The catch? LA will have to surrender one of the two tradable first round picks (in 2026, 2027 or 2028) they have left. The real question: Can the Lakers do better in a trade?”
Westbrook shot 29.8 percent on threes and 66.7 percent on free throws. His 18.5 points per game was his lowest average since his second season in the league. He was never a good fit for the Lakers.
John Wall did not see the floor last season as both sides worked to find a trade partner. Much like Westbrook, nobody wanted his contract. He signed a four-year contract extension worth $170 million with the Washington Wizards in 2017 and is owed $91.7 million over the next two seasons. Wall is expected to pick up a player option worth $47.4 million for the 2022-23 season, making teams hesitant to acquire him.
The Rockets acquired Wall in a deal that sent Russell Westbrook to the Wizards. In 40 games for Houston, Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists.