By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In exchange, the Rockets would acquire John Wall. Since they have nearly identical contracts, it could be a one-for-one trade.
While the two sides have talked, it’s not clear if a deal will materialize since the talks did not get far. The Rockets would like to acquire more than just Wall in a deal for Westbrook.
The new Rockets front office is willing to consider trading Westbrook and James Harden. However, according to reports, Harden reportedly will only accept a deal to the Brooklyn Nets.
The likelihood is that the Rockets will attempt to deal Westbrook first. The 32-year-old has three massive deals left on his contract.
Despite having a huge contract left — two-years, $85.5 million with a $47 million player option for the 2022-23 season — teams can still make a deal work. The Phoenix Suns acquired Chris Paul in a deal that will become official on Friday and he has a lot of money left onto his contract.
Paul and Westbrook were traded for each other last summer.
The 32-year-old Long Beach, California born player averaged 27.2 points in his first season with the Rockets. He also had 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 35.9 minutes per game.
The 27.2 points per game was his best season since he had 31.6 points per game during his 2016-17 season with the Thunder.
The 30-year-old Wall has been out since the 2018-19 season. He made 32 starts that season, before suffering a season-ending injury.
In those 32 games, he averaged 20.7 points per game.
When Wall played, he played in 73 games over his past two seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19. He has not played nearly a full season since the 2016-17 season when he played in 78 games.
The Raleigh, North Carolina born player had his best season when he scored a career-high 23.1 points per game during the 2016-17 season.
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