First reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards have swapped All-Star point guards. Russell Westbrook will be joining the Washington Wizards and John Wall will become a member of the Houston Rockets.
Houston has agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to Washington for John Wall and a first-round pick, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 3, 2020
According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, the first round pick that Houston will be receiving is protected and for 2023.
Both Wall and Westbrook seemed to be fed up with their situations on their now former teams. The Rockets seem to have peaked and may look to rebuild or retool in the near future after falling short of a championship again in 2020. While the Wizards have had almost bottom of the league finishes in back to back years but that has to do with the fact that Wall has missed the past two seasons more than anything else. However rumors came out that Wall wanted out of Washington after he heard that the Wizards may move him to Houston in a Westbrook deal and that the team wanted to build around Bradley Beal instead of him.
Both players new situations may suit them well as it creates two major reunions. John Wall will join his former Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins in Houston who signed with the team during free agency. Wall and Cousins have been rumored to want a reunite in the pros, but Washington never pursued Cousins. Also Westbrook will reunite with his first and long time head coach from Oklahoma City Scott Brooks who has been coaching in Washington since 2016.