Just when the NBA news seemed to die down heading into training camp, Twitter was once again set aflame with another blockbuster deal. After many weeks of speculation, the much-anticipated deal has finally gone through: the Rockets and Wizards have reached an agreement involving their star guards. Russell Westbrook will head to Washington in exchange for John Wall and a heavily protected 2023 first-round pick.
SportsCastr News NBA’s Adam Armbrecht broke down how this trade will impact both teams. On the surface, it is rare to see two very similar players be traded face up for each other in today’s NBA. Most of the recent blockbuster trades involve one side receiving a plethora of picks and young talent while the other side receives an established star.
On his SportsCastr stream, Adam explained that both Wall and Westbrook seemingly wanted out of their situations. After trading Robert Covington to the Blazers earlier in the offseason, many speculated that the Rockets may be preparing to blow up and start the tank. Recent reports after the Westbrook trade suggest the team intends to keep Harden and make another run at the Finals.
For the Wizards, Russell Westbrook will once again join a team where he is not expected to be the primary scorer. SportsCastr News NBA’s Adam Armbrecht pointed out that Bradley Beal will more than likely be the primary scorer for Washington. Joined by a young core including Rui Hachimura and lottery pick Deni Avdija, Westbrook may be the piece to lead the Wizards back to the playoffs.
This trade most likely marks the end of the large moves for the 2020 offseason. It still remains to be seen who won this blockbuster trade. With both players seeking to leave their teams, it is expected that they will fit better in the new scenario. Two aging and athletic guards, Westbrook and Wall will attempt to lead their new teams to the playoffs in very different situations.Tags: Beal, Blazers, Bradley Beal, Deni Avdija, Houston Rockets, John Wall, NBA, Portland Trail Blazers, Robert Covington, Rockets, Rui Hachimura, Russell Westbrook, SCN, SCN NBA, SportsCastr, SportsCastr News, Washington Wizards, Westbrook, Wizards Last modified: December 3, 2020