Russell Westbrook has reportedly asked for a trade from the Houston Rockets, as reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
This comes off the back of the news that both James Harden and Russell Westbrook were concerned about the direction the Rockets franchise was heading in.
While we do not know the extent of that concern, it is pretty obvious that Harden is the piece the Rockets would keep no matter what. Are the Rockets looking to gain supporting assets for Harden? Does Westbrook want to leave because he isn’t getting the ball enough?
Who knows. One thing is clear: it is possible Russell Westbrook is not going to wear a Houston Rockets uniform in a month’s time.
Are the Bulls a Legit Trade Destination?
Shortly after the news broke, Legion Hoops reported that the Bulls have “serious interest” in trading for Westbrook.
Given Houston is most likely not throwing in the towel with Harden on the roster, they would be looking for the Bulls’ top talent — including Lauri Markkanen, Coby White, Wendell Carter Jr., and/or Zach LaVine — and potentially the Bulls’ fourth overall pick in the NBA Draft.
Don’t forget that Westbrook also played under coach Billy Donovan in Oklahoma City and they reportedly had a good relationship. Is that an added incentive to nab Westbrook from Houston?
The Bulls are in need of a primary ball-handler, but with so much young talent, a new front office, and the seemingly bright optimism of an up-and-coming rebuild, do the Bulls want to trade away their best assets and/or their top-five draft pick?
That is a topic for another day, but it would be surreal to see Russell Westbrook playing in the house that Jordan built.
Westbrook finished last season with 27.2 PPG, 7.0 APG, 7.9 RPG. He has three years left on his current deal worth approximately $133 million.