The Houston Rockets are shipping former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards in exchange for John Wall and a first-round draft pick, several reports report.
The Wizards agreed to the swap on Wednesday, ending the five-time All-Star point guard’s more than 10-year career with the franchise, league sources said.
Westbrook and teammate James Harden had both reportedly asked to leave Houston this off-season, a report suggested, in part, because team owner Tilman Fertitta backed President Donald Trump.
A two-time NBA leading scorer, Westbrook was averaging 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 rebounds in 2019-20.
Wall, 30, missed the entire 2019-2020 season due to injury and had averaged only 73 regular-season games in the two previous seasons. He was the No. 1 draft pick in 2010, and hasn’t played in an NBA game since December 2018.
The trade does not change their teams’ respective salary caps, but gives them a new look.
Wall will earn $40.8 million this year and $43.8 million next year, and he holds a $46.9 million player option in 2022-23.
Westbrook will earn $41 million this season and $43.8 million next year, with a 2022-23 player option worth $46.7 million.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) December 3, 2020
The two GM's — Washington's Tommy Sheppard and Houston's Rafael Stone — hadn't talked in weeks on the deal, but connected this afternoon and had a deal done within a few hours, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/qmuPclNoU5
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 3, 2020
OFFICIAL: The Houston Rockets have acquired John Wall and a future first round pick from Washington in exchange for Russell Westbrook.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 3, 2020
Sources: Protection on the first-round pick that the Wizards traded to Houston in Russell Westbrook/John Wall trade: 2023, Lottery; 2024, Top 12; 2025, Top 10; 2026, Top 8; then becomes two second-rounders.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 3, 2020