Report: Rockets acquire Russell Westbrook from Thunder for Chris Paul
The Houston Rockets have acquired Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, according to Royce Young and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
Russell Westbrook and James Harden have reunited on the Rockets. The two MVPs were teammates on the Thunder back in the day.
Westbrook has averaged a triple-double three seasons in a row. The Rockets now have one of the most lethal backcourt duos in NBA history with Westbrook and Harden together.
This past season, Westbrook averaged 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists. The explosive guard didn’t shoot that well from the floor, though. Russ shot 42.8 percent from the field, 29.0 percent from beyond the arc and 65.6 percent from the free-throw line.
The Rockets lost to the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2019 playoffs in six games. Since then, multiple reports have surfaced that Chris Paul and Harden haven’t been on the same page. Harden and Westbrook are basically like brothers off the court, so they will likely get along on the court.
Westbrook has four years left on his contract. The Miami Heat were aggressively trying to acquire Westbrook, but the Rockets beat them to the punch.