Russell Westbrook is finally on the move, but not to the Knicks like everyone expected. Instead, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Houston Rockets are sending Westbrook to the Washington Wizards in exchange for John Wall.
One misfit replaces another.
Houston has agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to Washington for John Wall and a first-round pick, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 3, 2020
A few weeks ago, rumors spread that John Wall was unhappy in D.C. and that he demanded a trade. Wall himself denied the claims, yet he’s being sent packing to Houston anyway. This deal likely means the trade demands were true, but no one wanted his abysmal contract.
Four-years, $171 million to be exact.
As ridiculous as it sounds, John Wall hasn’t touched an NBA floor in two years, making him a liability on the trade market. Who on earth wants to deal for a player who makes over $500,000 a game without appearing in it?
We finally found a taker: The Houston Rockets. Westbrook is such a bad fit with the team that they are willing to accept a guy with a history of severe injuries and a $171 million contract just to get rid of him.
Westbrook’s fit in Washington
Russell Westbrook can’t shoot a lick and plays a whole lot like John Wall did alongside Wizards sharpshooter Bradley Beal. These type of ball-dominant players tend to frustrate other stars because they lack that the ability to close out games. We’re not optimistic that Westbrook will gel better with the Wizards than he did with the Rockets.
Wall and Westbrook are bad fits basically anywhere, unless their job is to put people in the seats. It’s the reason the New York Knicks sounded so attractive as a landing spot for Westbrook. The guy might jack up god awful jumpers that don’t have a prayer of going in, but at least he’s fun. Unfortunately, fans in seats is still uncertain for 2021, and the Wizards need to start winning soon before Bradley Beal starts looking for greener pastures.
John Wall could be a solid player for Houston, but his health is a concern. If he can stay on the floor, there’s no reason he can’t be somewhat productive with James Harden.
A man making $45 million a year may provide adequate production. Maybe we all should’ve tried basketball?