Why the Russell Westbrook-John Wall trade won’t happen
The Russell Westbrook-John Wall trade between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets has long been rumored, but for those who still wish it would happen, get your hopes up.
On the face of it, said trade idea is unlikely to materialize unless the Lakers give in to the Rockets’ demands, according to NBA Insider Marc Stein.
Regarding the long-held notion that Westbrook could be traded again for Houston’s John Wall, as the two would earn nearly identical salaries of $47 million next season, a source briefed on the situation told me. this week that Houston’s interest has always been based on the Lakers, including the proposed compensation package to sweeten the deal, which LA adamantly refuses to do.
Indeed, this is not the first time that the Lakers’ refusal to add a choice in the trade proposal has been reported. As mentioned in April, the Rockets wanted a future first-rounder to materialize the deal, which was a non-starter for LA.
Prior to the February trade deadline, there had been talk that the Lakers were willing to send Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker and a first-rounder to Houston, but that was in exchange for Wall and Christian Wood. Of course, it looked like the Rockets didn’t like the proposal.
However, it’s unclear if the Lakers still want to trade Westbrook at this point. After the team signed Darvin Ham, the new head coach shared his plans for his Big 3 with Russ, suggesting he’s working as the explosive keeper is staying.