The Houston Rockets pulled the trigger in quite an interesting trade this past summer. They acquired Russell Westbrook and got him back together with James Harden. The fit was kind of questionable, but it has paid off thus far.
However, Daryl Morey has already claimed that he’s felt like he’s let James harden down fro not surrounding him with the right players, and he’s proven over and over that he’s not afraid to make a bold move in the past.
Thus, if the Westbrook-Harden experiment doesn’t’ pan out in the playoffs, the Brodie could be in the move right away, according to Bleacher Report. As per their report, the Phoenix Suns would be the perfect destination for him, as they’d give away enough assets to retool their roster around James Harden:
Phoenix Suns receive: Russell Westbrook, 2021 second-round pick (from Houston Rockets or Philadelphia 76ers) Houston Rockets receive: Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre Jr., Ty Jerome
Russell Westbrook is one of the best point guards in the game. He draws a lot of criticism for overdoing things and not trusting his teammates enough, but talent-wise, he could lead any team to a playoff berth, even the Phoenix Suns.
God knows the Suns have had their fair share of struggles over the past decade. Also, they haven’t been able to find a longterm solution for their point guard spot, so adding Westbrook would be just what the doctor ordered.
The Suns would still have Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Dario Saric, Deandre Ayton, and Cameron Johnson, as well as some cap space and roster spots to bring a couple of veterans on board. That’s definitely a major upgrade from their current situation.
The Rockets, on the other hand, look like a team that’s redundant at times. Yes, they have a top-3 backcourt in the NBA but, outside of Harden and Westbrook, it seems like they could use another scoring choice when Eric Gordon’s shot is off.
Every team needs to have reliable role players to compete in the playoffs. Ricky Rubio would be a great fit next to James Harden because of his defense and playmaking, allowing the Beard to slash, cut, and do most of his damage off the ball.
Ty Jerome is still a work in progress. He would be a part of the trade mostly for salary purposes, but he’s still young and improved his numbers every year in college so there’s no reason to think that trend won’t translate to the next level.
Kelly Oubre Jr would be a perfect fit for the Rockets’ offense. He can play on and off the ball, knock down threes, drive, and even create for others. He won’t be an All-Star anytime soon but has proven to be capable of scoring 20 ppg given enough touches.
Also, Houston would take off $132 million and three years of Westbrook’s contract. They’d have a roster capable of contending while also staying flexible enough to make some moves in the foreseeable future.