The Russell Westbrook move to the Washington Wizards was a hot topic in the NBA in recent days but now things have cooled off. Russ is apparently stuck in Houston and the Wizards aren’t planning to deal any of their guards. However, at some point, this was a big rumor, with some reports claiming Russ was headed to Washington in exchange for John Wall.
A couple of days later, we learned that Bradley Beal, Wall’s teammate, was reportedly the driving force of this move. According to Bill Simmons of The Ringer, Beal was pushing the Wizards to get the deal done with the Rockets, something that never happened. During a recent conversation with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Simmons revealed it was Beal who was trying to get Russ to Washington.
“I thought Westbrook was going to Washington,” Simmons said, via HoopsHype. “I had heard that Bradley Beal was driving the Westbrook thing and that they were actually going to include a pick potentially and it wasn’t just a one-for-one that they were actually putting in more.”
Westbrook’s tenure with the Rockets is set to finish after the team once again failed to reach the Finals in the Orlando bubble. He never fit with James Harden and now the Rockets, as well as Brodie and the Beard, may be taking a different route. However, Russ won’t make it to the Wizards and he’s still waiting to see what team wants to acquire his services.
As for the Wizards, they’re reportedly ready to have another run before deciding what to do with Wall and Beal, their star backcourt.