National Basketball Association superstar Russell Westbrook requests trade from Houston Rockets
Nov 16 2020
Perkins stated he heard from sources both Westbrook and James Harden had not made communication with the Rockets organization after Houston chose to hire former Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas.
"I hate to say this because I have rooted for the last 3 years for a Russell Westbrook that I never loved with KD, but there is no way he is going to win a ring". Westbrook did manage to average 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game last season.
Feb 29, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) and guard James Harden (13) during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
"James and Russ are not happy". Russell Westbrook is not happy. First the good one, Harden remains committed to the Rockets and is "locked in" for the season.
Where Westbrook, one of the most polarizing talents in all of basketball, goes from here is anybody's guess.
Moreover, The Athletic's Shams Charania'sinitial report linking Harden to the Sixers also noted the Rockets' feeling of a trade for Harden being a non-starter. If there truly is no way they see him returning to the fold, the quest for a trade partner ensues. The fact that partnership between him and Harden did not work out was not helpful either.
BUT, with a 4-1 series loss to the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals in the National Basketball Association restart, it was another abrupt end to a Houston season after finishing fourth in the Western Conference with a 44-28 record. Westbrook either wants to be traded or significant changes to the way the Rockets operate. There are three years and north of $131 million remaining on Westbrook's contract. Considering his style of playing, the chances of this deal turning into a toxic asset will only grow year by year, if it isn't already.