Russell Westbrook could be on the move once again, as there are people around the NBA who believe the point-guard is available for trade. That’s according to Ryen Russillo, who claims the Rockets could look to move the player a couple of months after they traded for him.
Talking on The Ringer Podcast Network, Russillo stated some people believe Westbrook may be available for trade:
“Is Daryl Morey actively calling people saying I gotta dump Westbrook? Of course he wouldn’t do it that way. But there are people who believe that Westbrook is available and that Daryl knows I gotta figure something out here and it’s about the contract more than somebody watching Westbrook.”
Even though he’s a great player, the Rockets could still ship Brodie somewhere else, especially considering his hefty contract. Westbrook is making $38,506,482 this season, $41,358,814 in 2020-21, $44,211,146 in 2021-22 and has a player option worth $47,063,478 for the 2022-23 season.
Russ is averaging 24.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 7.1 assists in 28 games this season for the Rockets. He is shooting just 42.6 percent from the field, 23.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free-throw line.
In the surprising loss to the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, the eight-time All-Star shot 11-of-32 from the floor and 0-of-8 from the 3-point line, finishing with 30 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Opposing teams are putting all the work to lock James Harden, leaving Westbrook open to shoot from deep. This doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon and that situation could lead the Rockets to look for trade partners for the 2017 NBA MVP.
If there is somebody to believe about this, that’s Russillo, one of the first people to note Daryl Morey was trying to move Chris Paul.