Rumor: Rockets trying to acquire Russell Westbrook via 3-team trade
The Houston Rockets are reportedly trying to acquire superstar point guard Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder via a three-team trade, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
The Rockets and Miami Heat have been the two teams heavily linked to Westbrook, who is widely expected to be traded by the Thunder before the 2019-20 season starts.
The Houston Rockets are trying to land Russell Westbrook in a possible 3 team deal, per @WindhorstESPN
Russell Westbrook supplied a ‘short list’ to OKC of teams he wishes to play for and Miami is at the top of the list. pic.twitter.com/DfEOIg0IUD
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 11, 2019
You’d have to assume the Rockets would have to part ways with Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker and/or Clint Capela to acquire Russell Westbrook, who has four years remaining on his contract.
Westbrook and Rockets star guard James Harden are close friends. The two MVPs played on the Thunder. It’s unknown if Houston would have to give up Chris Paul in a trade for Westbrook, although it would make sense since having three guys who need the ball on one team wouldn’t be ideal.
Westbrook has averaged a triple-double three seasons in a row. He had finger and knee surgery after the Thunder were eliminated by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2019 playoffs. The eight-time All-Star has already begun his offseason training. Russ put up 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists in 2018-19.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is said to be looking for ways to upgrade Houston’s roster after the team lost to the Golden State Warriors again in the postseason. We’ll see if Morey is able to acquire Westbrook.