Rockets swap Russell Westbrook for Wizards’ John Wall

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.

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