On December 2nd, local time, about three weeks after the opening, a trade between the big names that made NBA fans crazy was established. Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets and John Wall of the Washington Wizards have traded. The Wizards have also transferred the 2023 Conditional Draft 1st Round Nomination to the Rockets.
Two big NBA players
Westbrook, who plays as a PG, won the top scorer in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons and was also a league MVP in the 2016-17 season. He has been an All-Star player nine times so far, representing the NFL in both name and reality. However, the NBA has made it to the finals only once in the 2012-13 season. Once again, he lost to the Miami Heat, led by LeBron James.
So in 2019, he was transferred to the Rockets, led by NFL top scorer James Harden , on a three-year contract with options, but the journey to the final challenge at the Rockets ended with this trade. is.
On the other hand, this is also a wall that has been active as a representative PG of the NBA, but its career has diminished due to the rupture of the Achilles tendon in 2019. Few players in the past NBA have regained their pre-injury play level from an Achilles tendon rupture. No matter how proud of his five all-star appearances and Wall, who was the face of Wizards, the team had to give up working with him.
Who is the winner of this trade?
From the Wizards side, it’s definitely a profitable trade. Wall is a good player, of course, but the team is accelerating the formation of another flagship player, Bradley Beal . Westbrook is attractive for his scoring ability, but he is also an excellent player for rebounds and assists. Playing to support the ace, as shown in the Rockets, will surely make the beer shine.
It’s actually unclear how much the Rockets see the Wall as a force. Because their release of Westbrook seems to be a manifestation of their intention to dismantle the team once. So the 2023 draft nomination was their true purpose. This trade is actually an event that could affect the movement of Harden, the ace. It will be judged whether this trade was successful or not, including future team building.