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Rockets trade Russell Westbrook to Wizards for John Wall

The Houston Rockets have traded point guard Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a protected first-round pick on Wednesday.

In November, the Athletic NBA reported Westbrook wanted out of Houston, with sources saying the 32-year-old was unsure about the team’s accountability and culture and he had a desire to have a similar floor-general role he had in Oklahoma City. Westbrook is owed $132.6 million over the next three years.

In his only season in Houston, Westbrook averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists playing alongside James Harden.

The Rockets acquired Westbrook from Oklahoma City Thunder in July 2019 for Chris Paul and two future first-round picks.

Westbrook was named All-NBA third team but struggled in the playoffs (17.9 points per game on 42.1 percent shooting) after returning from the coronavirus and a strained right quad.

Wall, 30 hasn’t played since December 26, 2018 after having heel surgery and then suffering a ruptured Achilles. In his 32 games played in the 2018-2019, he averaged 20.7 points, 7.7 field goals and 8.7 assists per game while hitting 30.2 percent from 3-point range.

Wall was selected first overall by the Wizards in the 2010 NBA Draft. He is a five-time all-star (2014-2018), was third-team All-NBA in 2017 and second-team all-defensive team in 2015.

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